When trying to assign dates to the Bents’ travels, it’s like trying to hit a moving target. We have a number of complications:-
- Bent rarely quoted precise dates, so we have to deduce dates from the context.
- When deducing dates from the context in relation to religious festivals, we have to take into account the fact that these festivals are celebrated on different dates in different countries. In particular, the Bents were in Amorgos over Easter 1883. However, as is still the case, the Greek Orthodox Easter is often celebrated on a different date to other Christian dates for Easter. in 1883, Greek Easter was on the 29th April, whereas the Protestant and Catholic Easter was on the 25th March.
- At the time of Bents’s visit, Greece operated on the Julian calendar and Western Europe operated on the Gregorian calendar. The Julian calendar was 12 days behind the Gregorian calendar. Therefore, in the case of Easter 1883, the Julian date, or local Greek date, for Easter was the 17th April.
Where dates are quoted, we’ve tried to stick with the local date which will actually be the Julian date.
Read more about the Julian and Gregorian dates.