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Three Greek Folk Ballads in Their Balkan Contect


This paper analyses three Greek oral ballads in their Balkan connections, “The Ballad of the Dead Brother”, “The Ballad of the Bridge of Arta”, and “The Ballad of the Returning Husband”, in their wider geographical context, giving emphasis to the examination of the regional versions and discussing the extended international bibliography about these traditional songs. One of the main goals of the paper is to enhance the comparative perspective of modern Greek studies in the framework of Balkan studies, as many phenomena of the traditional and modern Greek culture, folk and “high” culture, can be understood properly only in a wider geographical perspective, due to the fact that significant parts of this culture are interconnected with nearly all south-east European countries.