My deep indebtedness and thankfulness to emeritus professor Alexander R. McBirney from the University of Oregon, for his invaluable help with translation, and for his warm friendship. I should also like to thank all the people who helped me with the earlier editions of my book. Especially, I want to thank my family and friends, colleagues, students and scholars, who since 1975 have accompanied me on numerous visits to the island. The Greek natural scientist Helene Jannopoulou-Akyla has also been of great help in providing literature about Santorini.
For the present book I have had several supporters: Kirsten Søholm, Svend Erik Rasmussen, Mette Dybdahl, and Grethe Storgaard.
I am also very grateful to my Greek friends and colleagues for their support: Katina Gavala, Georgios Nomikos, Natasha and Michalis Koroneus, Evangelos Velitzelos, Christos Doumas and Mariza Marthari.
The discovery of the olive tree and the new radiocarbon date for the eruption which we were able to obtain from it, play an important role in this edition. Here I would like to thank my former PhD student, Tom Pfeiffer. Furthermore, I am also very grateful to Jan Heinemeier, Bernd Kromer, Michael Friedrich, and Sarah Talamo. They have been a very inspiring and fantastic scientific team.
Sincere thanks to Samson Katsipis, director of the Emborion Gymnasium, for providing valuable supplementary material to my list of Santorini’s modern flora; to archeologist Nikolaos Sigalas for his friendly collaboration and hospitality; and to Katerina Karamolegoy and Manolis Karamolegos for kindly providing congenial accommodation.
Special thanks to the publisher Aarhus University Press: Claes Hvidbak and Mary Waters Lund.
I gratefully acknowledge financial support for the publication of this book from dean Erik Meineche Schmidt, Faculty of Science, University of Aarhus; the Aarhus University Research Foundation; and the Velux Foundation.