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Christian communities under the Ottomans in the 17th century
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And you should also do this, my brother, you should firstly fear the basileus and pay your royal dues and you should honour the patriarch, the metropolitan, the monk and the priest. Kiss their hands and pay them due respect. Papa Synadinos[1]

None could have summed up the world of an Ottoman Christian in the early modern period in fewer words than the humble priest Papa Synadinos of Serres in his work known as the Chronicle of Serres. It was written in demotic Greek in the 1640s by a parish priest who sought to supplement his income by working as a clerk in the me…

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Kermeli, Eugenia, “Christian communities under the Ottomans in the 17th century”, in: Christian-Muslim Relations 1500 - 1900, General Editor David Thomas. Consulted online on 23 October 2019 <>

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