National Geographic : 1956 Jan
Athens to Istanbul Never Idle: A Nomad Spins Wool Thread Even as She Hauls Water Romans in 168 B.C. brought final collapse of his empire. Then we drove to Kavalla, where St. Paul landed, and turned inland to Philippi, where he first preached Christianity on Euro pean soil (pages 62, 63). We walked amid broken blocks of mar ble, bearing Greek and Roman inscriptions, through the market place to the stream where Paul first brought his immortal message (Acts, Chapter 16). There is no monument here, no sign to tell the story. The green tobacco fields stretch on every side, and the warm patina of the ancient marble glows in the golden Greek sunlight. The names of Caesar and Augus- tus, with effusive tributes to their greatness, are graven in the shattered stone. Those monuments are mute today. But the mes sage brought by the man from Tarsus went on to circle the world and change its history. North of Philippi, beyond the market city of Drama, lies the Bulgarian border. We drove to within a hundred yards of the bound ary to visit a tribe of Sarakatzanai, a race of nomads who dress in a style hundreds of years old and shun modern ways. A Bulgarian soldier watched suspiciously while we photo graphed two Sarakatzanai women (above). The women found Jean quite as curious as we found them.