Tuesday, 2 August 2011


At first was the name! We have already said that this yellow plaything is called a "komboloi". Now listen carefully to the meaning of that word. It is a compound word. The main part is "kombo" and the suffix is "oi". Kombo is a knot, but according to an ancient Greek interpretation "kombo" means a knock, a sound heard when two hard objects of the same material clash. The suffix "oi" means a  line of similar objects. So a line of knots or beads strung on a thread that move and knock against one another give us the picture of a "komboloi"

(Aris Evangelinos) The Komboloi and its history.

You should see the landscape of Greece. It would break your heart.

(Lawrence Durrell)

1 comment:

  1. I've never been to Greece, and I've always wanted to see it. One of these days...I'm sure it would break my heart! Your sketches here surely do.