A 2500 year old olive tree perished in the wildfires on the Greek Island of Evia this week. The tree, which was fertile and still producing olives, was so large that 10 people could fit along the diameter of its trunk. Greek geographer and historian Strabo wrote of this tree nearly two thousand years ago. It endured the passing of countless ages, but perished in August 2021. This tree could survive the ancient world, several hundred years of Ottoman occupation, both world wars, but couldn’t survive modernity. Symbolic really....

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