Raymond Young, a professor emeritus of forest and wildlife ecology, recently published a book entitled, “A Sabbatical in Greece: Thessaloniki & Mt Athos.” The book is a memoir and travelogue of his time in Greece in 1989. It encompasses Young’s personal academic experience as a Senior Fulbright Scholar at the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki interspersed with the unique history of Thessaloniki, Macedonia and Mt Athos. He also painted the image on the cover.
Thessaloniki was a major home to the three great monotheistic religions of Orthodox Christianity, Turkish Muslim and Sephardic Judaism. Mt Athos is an important center of Eastern Orthodox monasticism where the monks have followed Byzantine rules for the past 1,000 years.