- craggy /KRAG-ee/
- lure /loor/
- beleaguer /bih-LEE-ger/
- succession /suhk-SESH-uhn/
- obscurity /uhb-SKYOOR-i-tee/
[adjective] – rough and having many rocks
Above the craggy coastline, there are always new discoveries to be made.
[verb] – to persuade someone to do something or go somewhere by offering them something exciting
Supermarket chains strive to lure customers with price discounts.
[verb] – to surround someone in order to attack them
Supplies are currently being delivered to the beleaguered city.
[noun] – a number of similar people or events that exist or happen one after another
A succession of presidents unsuccessfully attempted to fix the problem.
[noun] – the state of not being known to many people
In his twenties, he enjoyed a brief period of fame before fading into obscurity.
Ikaria was blessed and cursed by the sea. It allowed the island to spread its reputation for its outstanding and strong Pramnian wine throughout ancient Greece, along with olives and honey. But the sea also brought pirates, lured by the island’s prized products and the affluence it offered. Fearing invasion, Ikaria’s inhabitants came up with an audacious strategy: they relocated their residences into the mountains, making the island appear deserted to approaching ships. The island was not only beleaguered by pirates, but it also suffered a succession of unstable rulers. Between 500 BCE and 1521 CE, Ikaria was influenced to varied degrees by numerous empires, including the Persian Empire, the Byzantine Empire, and the Romans, among others. For the next three hundred years, islanders would keep their culture hidden among the craggy summits of Ikaria’s Aetheras range. The early years were aptly referred to as the “century of obscurity,” and this time period was known as the “piratiki epochi” (pirate era).
Lagkada was the upland sanctuary that retains a sacred place in the hearts of islanders. But now, it’s nothing but a settlement of stone houses, more or less a ghost town. “There is still at least one man living there permanently,” an Ikarian wine producer said. “[…] Most of us see him only when we go to Lagkada’s panigýri (festival). The rest of the year, he must be surrounded by ghosts.”
- Please describe the place where you currently live.
- Please share some of your country’s “hidden gems.”
- If given the chance, would you visit an obscure place like Ikaria? Why or why not?
- Should the Greek government invest more in Ikaria?
- Should Ikaria be made a tourist destination? Please share your thoughts.