Poet Palamas’ Patra Home For Sale

    palamas1The birthplace home of noted Greek poet Kostis Palamas’ in the western city of Patras is going to be sold, media reports said. The historic neoclassical style house located in the center of the city had fallen into disrepair, much like other traditional buildings that Greece has abandoned.

    There was no interest in restoring it as his descendants live in Switzerland and the municipal government has left it to be. A For Sale sign, with an asking price of 1.6 million euros ($2.16 million) has been on the building for some time.

    The sad condition of the building and the lack of interest it in comes during a crushing economic crisis when home prices and values have plummeted and it’s difficult to find buyers even for choice properties.

    Palamas died in 1943 at age 84. Among his works, he wrote the lyrics to the Olympic Hymn. He has been informally called the “national” poet of Greece and was closely associated with the struggle to rid Modern Greece of “purist” language and with political liberalism. He dominated literary life for 30 or more years and greatly influenced the entire political-intellectual climate of his time.




    1. Palamas was a leftist but a good man over all. He wasn’t an anti-nationalist extremist like many communists. He was proud of his Greek heritage and worked to defend Hellenism.

      I am actually glad Demotic Greek won out over Katharevousa. Had we spoken this artificial form of Greek today (or attic) we would have been much like the Skopians. The very fact we speak a time worn Greek (descended from earlier forms of Greeks in an unbroken chain) is a testimonial to our very real connection to ancient Greeks. Ancient forms of Greek aren’t exactly the same  but our ancestors did their best over the ages to try and preserve the language and ideas of ancient Greeks.

      Some foreigners can’t understand why we can’t recognize FYROM. They don’t understand when
      we see the Greek writing on ancient Macedonian artifacts we see our own language and culture which binds us emotionally to our ancient Greek forefathers. There is simply no way for a Greek to call another people by our own identity.

      If one observes closely any “Greek” that colludes with FYROM irredentists by calling them “Macedonian” (constantly interviewed by manipulative foreign media that manipulatively selects them a “spokesman” for Greeks despite they represent only a small fraction of our population)… none of them have a Greek identity. Their context and usage of the term “Greek” is different than that of the vast majority of Greeks. They are “modern Greeks” not Greeks that see themselves related to ancient Hellenes. They typically come from recently mixed families or subscribe to some sort of anti-nationalist political ideology.