As in the time of Ion, the modern Athenians are divided into the 4 distinct classes of cultivators, craftsmen, military and priests. The Albanians cultivate the land; the Greeks engage in commerce and the mechanical arts. The Turks garrison the city, and smoke. The priests do nothing! Some few Turks indeed direct their attention to commerce and the arts; but none of them tills the ground.
In other parts of Greece, particularly in Eleia, where the Greek population is small, the Turks make a virtue of necessity, and become industrious husbandmen.
There are few families in Athens, or indeed in any other part of Greece, which have classical names, or which can trace their genealogy to a more remote period than the conquest of the eastern empire.
A family of Athens, by the name of Palaiologos, boasts its descent from the Grecian emperors of that name; and Zakunthos also possesses another family of the same name.