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- n. Plural form of klepht.
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My descent is from the original land of the klephts, Arcadia, so I will have to prefer my own family's traditional know-how where this specific dish is concerned.
As a matter of fact the armatole were rather the allies than the enemies of the klephts.
The only approach to an attempt to maintain order was the permission given to part of the population to carry arms in order to repress the klephts.
And while their wives poured out the strong resinous wine for whispering conspirators, their sons were out on the hills, klephts and armatoloi keeping up the hopeless war for Greece.
The traditional clan and village chiefs of the mainland were suspicious of the merchants and successful ship - owners of the islands, and the klephts, or bandit leaders, of the mountains-combining bravery, ferocity, treachery and avarice in roughly equal parts-were cordially hated by all.
Hence springs the reflection that the Greeks had cause to repent their early predilection for the klephts, who were almost all, beginning with Kolokotrones, infamous for the sordid perversity of their dispositions. "[
Hence springs the reflection that the Greeks had cause to repent their early predilection for the klephts, who were almost all, beginning with Kolokotrones, infamous for the sordid perversity of their dispositions.” [