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Alessandro Baltazzi

A descendant from an 18th Century Venetian Levantine family of Izmir, Alex Baltazzi is a permanent resident of that city. As president of Karavan Tours, he was bestowed several awards for his contribution to the tourism industry of Turkey. He is the president of the Italian Cultural Association of Izmir, he wrote several articles on Smyrna’s Levantine history, and published an illustrated book of personal reminiscences.

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A Smyrneika Lexicon

The Language of Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey) Explained and Illustrated
ISBN: 978-1-4632-0251-4
A lexicon of Smyrneika, the Greek dialect that functioned as a lingua franca amongst the Levantine merchant communities of the Mediterranean. Rediscovering Turkey’s Ottoman past, including lost minority cultures… a study by three amateur lexicographers. The vocabulary is followed by a collection of proverbs and a series of dialogues illustrating the language and customs … “ Peter Mackridge www.oxford.academia.edu/PeterMackridge
$105.60