Faces of History. History has a face.
The final lecture in the 1821 Commemorative Lecture Series: The Greek War Of Independence Revisited is by Charicleia George Dimacopoulou
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The speaker presents the new edition ‘History has a Face’ which is now available also in an English translation. This book is a facsimile edition of an album containing more than 300 drawings- portraits of Greeks having fought during the War of Independence and taken in the years 1839-1844 by Benjamin Mary (1792-1846), the first Belgian diplomatic envoy to Greece during the reign of King Otto. The portraits include most of the members of the National Assembly of 1843-1844, as well as many of the spectators of the sittings of this assembly. The book includes biographical notices for all the people identified by the research team, and long introductions on Mary’s life and work, the political situation in Greece in the years 1839-1844, the National Assembly, Mary’s visit to Cyprus in 1845, finally the historical and artistic value of the album. The speaker will concentrate on the importance of the testimony this book on the period of Otto’s reign, both historically and socially and the artistic value of the portraits.
Charicleia George Dimacopoulou
is a historian with a research interest in the Modern Greek Law History and Greek Institutional History. She is a honours graduate of the Department of History and Archaeology and the Department of Law of Athens University and has a PhD in Law History from the Democritus University of Thrace. She has taught in the Postgraduate Studies Programmes of the Philology Department of the Peloponnesus University, of the Law Department of the Universities of Athens and Salonica as well as the Panteion University of Athens and the graduate Department of Turkish and Middle East Studies of the University of Athens.
Her scholarly work is centred on the political and diplomatic History, the Law History, and the History of the Institutions of the Greek State. Her most recent work is the book History has a face (published by the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation and the National Historical Museum of Athens).
This lecture was organised by The Hellenic Centre and the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation