Historically, the records of the Greek refugees who escaped to Northern Italy are extensive, due to their connection to and ultimate influence on the Italian literary world. However, less is known about their peers who immigrated to various locations across Southern Italy in the fifteenth and sixteenth century. It is of great interest and relevance to countries across Europe today to discover what factors influenced these fugitives in their decision to flee to a certain place. Consequently, my research will uncover, through a detailed examination of original documents, what kind of interactions these Greeks had with their new communities, why they fled there, how their culture, language, and traditions were influenced by their new environment, and the effect they, in their turn, had on their Italian hosts.
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