Axo (modern Hasaköy): Wedding procession

Department Archive
Collection SPHS BSA Image Collection
Reference No. BSA SPHS 01/1729.4341
Level Item
Description Film negative, approximately half plate size, an original negative.
Dimensions 15 x 9 cm
Place Axo
Dates 1911
Creator Halliday, Sir William Reginald
Collection event Cappadocia: Greek: Dialects (Dawkins) 1909-1911
Scope and Content Part of a collection of images from Halliday's travel to Asia Minior in 1911 with Dawkins. The original description in the SPHS register reads: "Axo (Hasakene) wedding procession". The entry has been struck out in the SPHS register, presumably deaccessioned.
Notes Date based on Halliday's travels in Asia Minor with Dawkins who was researching Greek dialects in Asia Minor, see BSA 17:286 and Dawkin's 1916 book, Modern Greek in Asia Minor.
Further information Scenes from Modern Greek Life
Historic images often show scenes from modern life. These are not modern in the current sense, but reflect a time they were taken. Some were captured unintentionally, recording an aspect of contemporary activity while composing scenes of other interest such as ancient or historical monuments. However, many were taken with the express purpose of recording folk life, part of a trend in the latter part of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century. The process of categorizing these ethnographic scenes of everyday life in image collections reflected contemporary folklore categories: material life (eg. domestic architecture, dress, craft and agricultural production), social life (eg. games, festivals) and spiritual life (eg. superstitions, religious activities).

However, a significant idea encapsulated in these ethnographic images was the 19th-century concept of continuity - relics or survivals - of ancient social life and practices in the present. In Greece, this concept of continuity was notably promoted by the scholar of folklore (laographia), Nikolaos Politis, and held by many British classicists and archaeologists of the time. In fact, the Irish classical scholar, J.P. Mahaffy encapsulated this idea in his 1876 travel book, Rambles and Studies in Greece: "Everywhere the modern Greek town is a mere survival of the old". These survivals were often linked to classical literature, cult and myth by scholars of the Greek world.

It is clear that these images are not simply quaint historical scenes, but they embody principles inherent in the discipline of Hellenic Studies in the recent past.