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9 July 1821

A lecture by Dr Nicoletta Hadjipavlou. An epic poem on the 1821 events in Cyprus by Vassilis Michaelides.

When the Greek War of Independence broke out on 25 March 1821 a number of Cypriots secretly left the island, which was also under Ottoman rule, to fight in Greece. On the island, proclamations and leaflets in favour of the war of Independence were distributed to the people. The local pasha, Kuchuk Mehmet, reacted to the Cypriots’ organised support to the Greek war by confiscating weapons and secret leaflets and arresting many prominent Cypriots. Among them was Archbishop Kyprianos of Cyprus who was the head of the Cypriot Orthodox Church early in the 19th century. On 9 July 1821 Kuchuk Mehmet called out the Christian dignitaries to the serai and read them their sentence. The Archbishop and his Bishops were the first to be hanged.

The events of July 9 1821 are vividly depicted in the poem ‘9 July 1821’ written in 1895 in the Cypriot dialect by Vassilis Michaelides (1849 – 1917). This presentation will examine in detail the representation of the 1821 events in Cyprus in the poem ‘Η 9η Ιουλίου 1821’ by Vassilis Michaelides, the island’s so-called ‘National Poet’.

Dr Nicoletta Hadjipavlou

Dr Nicoletta Hadjipavlou specialises in the Greek literature and history of Cyprus. She completed her PhD research in 2015 at the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King’s College London. Her thesis examined the construction of the idea of empire in the Modern Greek poetry of Cyprus from 1878 to 2004 through the work of four seminal Cypriot poets: Vassilis Michaelides, Demetris Lipertis, Costas Montis and Kyriakos Charalambides.

Dr Hadjipavlou took part in a number of international conferences on Greek research in Australia, Canada, Germany, Cyprus and the United Kingdom presenting aspects of her work. Her research interests include postcolonial literature, history of empires, 19th and 20th century poetry, Greek as a second language and the relationship between heritage, culture and language. Between 2010 and 2019 she was a member of the Cyprus Educational Mission U.K. (K.E.A) and taught Greek both as a first and second language in schools in the U.K. Dr Hadjipavlou taught the module ‘Introduction to Modern Greek Language and Culture’ at the University of Cambridge between 2018 and 2019. She then moved to Cyprus where she is currently teaching Modern Greek language and literature at the American Academy Nicosia.

1821 Commemorative Lecture Series: The Greek War of Independence Revisited

Organised by the Hellenic Centre

1821 Commemorative Lecture Series and Exhibition

The Hand of Panagiotis Zographos, the Mind of Makriyannis
An exhibition of plates illustrating scenes from the War of Independence.
Organised by the Hellenic Centre under the aegis of the Greece 2021 Committee.

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