chapter  4
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The uses of the uncultivated landscape in modern Greece: a pointer to the value of the wilderness in antiquity?


In any consideration of the wilderness in Greece today and in the recent past, a major feature is the apparent contradictions which one constantly finds in many aspects of its exploitation. This was epitomized by a continual background feature during my earliest fieldwork in Greece. It was the theme music for the National Programme, a major propaganda radio channel of the highly nationalistic military junta of the time: goat bells on a mountain­ side, with a goatherd’s flute plaintively trilling in the foreground.