“Mountains have never failed to stir human imagination. The most prominent and
seemingly ‘durable’ of geographical objects, they inspire paradoxical responses:
awe and fear, attraction and repulsion, security and remoteness. They are familiar
landmarks that remain insistently ‘other’. A plethora of narratives, practices and
moral attributes has been layered over mountain rocks – variously in different cultural
traditions. […] Mediterranean mountains represent especially
rich palimpsests, as ‘almost every place in the Mediterranean world has at
one time or another been pagan, Christian and Muslim’, yet they are also at the same time fragile ecosystems”.