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The figure of Kolokotronis in the Greek dramaturgy of the 20th and 21st century



The figure of Kolokotronis in the Greek dramaturgy of the 20th and 21st century


16 November 2021


Theodoros Kolokotronis has been an emblematic figure for Hellenism. He is considered the most important figure of the 1821 Greek Revolution, as his contribution was determinant for its final positive outcome. His heroic personality motivated the Greek authors, who highlighted his action. The Greek playwrights of the 19th century did not make particular use of his figure and life, in contrast to some playwrights of the 20th and 21st century. In a considerable number of plays Kolokotronis is the main person or participates in their plot with a significant role. The most important events of his life, used in the plays, are the conquest of Tripoli, the battle of Dervenakia and the trial against him and Plapoutas during the regency period, after the creation of the Greek state. Some of the plays are: Kapodistrias by Nikos Kazantzakis (1946), Kolokotronis or the disaster of Dramalis by Vasilis Rotas (1954–1955), The trial of Kolokotronis by Antonis Xepapadakos (1963), Our Big Circus by Iakovos Kampanellis (1973) and The trial of Theodoros Kolokotronis by Michalis Reppas and Thanasis Papathanasiou (2021). Our announcement aims at the utilisation of these plays in order to convey and criticise the social and political environment of these periods, as well as analyse the contribution of Kolokotronis to the Greek nation. The final purpose is to reconsider our historical past, the connection between the past and the present and the creative utilisation of the past.

(Edited and translated abstract from conference programme)

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