Athens Library Prepares New Wing Dedicated to Greek Freedom Fighter

The American School of Classical Studies in Athens is to open a new exhibition on Greek independence fighter and statesman Ioannis Makriyannis.

‘Ioannis Makriyannis: Vital Expression’ will be the inaugural exhibition of a new wing of the Gennadius Library.

The exhibition is dedicated to the great fighter of Greece’s War of Independence who later became a politician and advocate of the Constitution under the first Governor of Greece Ioannis Kapodistrias.

Makriyannis was also a self-taught man of letters who wrote important memoirs of the War of Independence. Nobel Prize-winning poet George Seferis called Makriyannis “a great teacher of our language”.

The main part of the exhibition consists of 24 emblematic paintings that narrate episodes from the War of Independence of 1821.

It also presents archival material related to the life and action of General Makriyannis, as well as personal items that have kindly lent to the exhibition from the National Historical Museum, the Historical Archives of the Benaki Museum, the General Archives of the State and the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation.

The exhibition will be open to the public Tuesday June 5 through Saturday September 29, 2018.

The American School of Classical Studies at Athens is the leading American teaching and research institution in Greece, dedicated to the advanced study of all aspects of Greek culture, from antiquity to the present. It is a privately-funded, nonprofit
educational and cultural institution.