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John Cuthbert Lawson :
"Modern Greek Folklore and Ancient Greek Religion" 
Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1910
The author Leo Allatius claims to have seen a vampire corpse when he was at school in Chios. I will quote Lawson's rendering of the case.
"A tomb having for some reason been opened at the church of St. Antony, 'on the top of the bones of other men there was found lying a corpse perfectly whole ; it was unusually tall of stature ; clothes it had none, time or moisture having caused them to perish ; the skin was distended, hard, and livid, and so swollen everywhere, that the body had no flat surfaces but was round like a full sack. The face was covered with hair dark and curly ; on the head there was little hair, as also on the rest of the body, which appeared smooth all over; the arms by reason of the swelling of the corpse were stretched out on each side like the arms of a cross ; the hands were open, the eyelids closed, the mouth gaping, and the teeth white.' How the body was finally treated or disposed of is not related."
No date is given. But we do know when Allatius lived. He was born in 1586 and died in 1669. So the events must have taken place, let's say some time around 1600.
Chios is one of my favourite Greek islands, situated only a few miles from the Turkish coast. Now we do have a small problem here. Allatius was at school in Chios. Does this mean, in Chios town, or does it mean somewhere on the island of Chios ? Fortunately the church of St. Antony is mentioned. Find the church and you will have found the location.
First try to find yourself a copy of Allatius "De Graecorum hodie quorundam opinationibus" and find the relevant text. Translate it, or have it translated. Find St. Antony's church where things are supposed to have taken place.
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