Andreas Catanes and Delphi - city of Amfissa (Salona) - thedelphiguide.com

Gravure de Salona

Andreas Catanes, a 18th century medical doctor from the island of Cephalonia, lived for a period of time at Salona (Amphissa). He was the Greek advisor and tour guide of the European travellers, who were visiting Delphi.

At the question of the Turk Pasha of Salona, asking “why these travellers come to us each year“, he gave the thus famous answer:

They are not the same travellers,
it’s just the same propention to explore, that is re-appearing with each new traveller

Doctor Catanes (nicknamed “Le Corfiote” amongst foreign travellers in Greece, thow he was a Cephallenian) was a “handy” man for ancient artifact seekers in 18th c. Central Greece, providing them, in one recorded case at least, with ancient inscriptions from the archeological site of Delphi!

He was clever enough, at the end of his carrer, to forsee the fall of his benefactor, the Pasha of Salona, and, in a sharp and quick move, he prepared a carriage with all his belongings, plus wife and kids, and left Salona for the town of Thebes, where he practiced medicine under the auspices of the local Pasha!


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