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In memory of Theodoros Kolokotronis (1770-1843)



In memory of Theodoros Kolokotronis (1770-1843)


19 August 2021


During the 1821 Greek Revolution, several individuals rose to prominence as key, charismatic leaders. Theodoros Kolokotronis was one of them. Born in the Peloponnese, Kolokotronis came from a family of klephts – bandits, whose struggles for autonomy gradually gained momentum and contributed to the war of independence against the Ottoman occupiers of their homeland. Kolokotronis’ strategic genius served the overall uprising well, leading to a number of decisive victories, including the battle of Dervenakia (1822). The internal factional conflicts of the Greek revolutionaries (1823-1825) and the loss of many lives, including that of his son (1824), took their toll, but his vision continued to fuel his endeavours. It is in part his perseverance that makes him such a relatable protagonist. His inspirational leadership endeared him to his followers and provoked the ire of his enemies. This lecture concentrates on Kolokotronis’ Memoirs (dictated to Tertsetis in 1836) as a means of exploring the intriguing story of this central authority figure, his contribution to the struggle for independence and his enduring relevance.

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Sponsors: Jenny Proimos, Mitrakas Savas and Co, Corporate sponsors: Delphi Bank, Delphi Business Group, Symposiarch

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