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Theodoros Kolokotronis

04.10.2018 in History

Theodoros Kolokotronis   Born in Messenia and raised in Arcadia, Theodoros Kolokotronis (1770-1843) is undoubtedly the symbol of the Greek War of Independence (1821-1830), the man who embodied totally the battle cry “Liberty or Death”. Αt the age of ten, Theodoros lost his father in a conflict with Ottoman soldiers an incident that marked his soul forever.   Kolokotronis acquired a high military experience by servicing as a warrior-bandit (klepht) against the Turks on the mountains of Morea (Peloponnese), and later as an officer in the British army of Zakynthos. The Greek Revolution found Kolokotronis in Morea organizing the irregular…

Arcadia, The Land of Myths

25.09.2018 in History

Arcadia, The Land of Myths Is it the geography of the region or the random events that would render Arcadia the Utopian Land for the Renaissance artists? There is no certain response, but it does not matter at all; Arcadia will always be the land of the Myths. The soil of Arcadia always hosted a great number of historical events, monuments and personalities who played a major role in the ancient and Modern Greek history. We explore three of its great landmarks in this article.            Ancient Mantineia was one of the capital cities of Arcadia, together with Tegea, a…

An April Day in Nafplio

01.04.2016 in Travel

An April Day in Nafplio    If the month of April had to be described in only one word, the word should be change. In the heart of spring, April is the month when the flowers blossom, the days get longer, and our hearts and mood become brighter. Looking back at all the Aprils of my life I realize that a certain pattern is repeated; my delighted heart has always related spring with day trips to beautiful Nafplio. April feeds my need for a change of scenery. Nafplio is my favorite escape; this is the place where I want to begin…