Giannis Ritsos

    The Poet of “Romiosini”

Giannis Ritsos

    His works

Giannis Ritsos

    His works

Giannis Ritsos

    His works

Nikiforos Vrettakos

    Archive of Nikiforos Vrettakos, Public Central Library, Sparti

Poetry & Literature

 

Public Central Library– The "Nikiforos Vrettakos" Archive

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Sparta 23100

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http://www.nikiforos.edu.gr

 

Founded in 1972 and housed since 1989 in a private building, the Public Central Library comprises Mobile Libraries, Annexes-Partnerships, Children’s Section, Adults’ Section, Computers and Audiovisual Means. The Laconian Bibliography and the Archives of the eminent poet Nikiforos Vrettakos have a distinguished place in the Library. The Public Central Library was chosen by Nikiforos Vrettakos himself as the responsible body for the collection, recording, preservation, exploitation and projection of his Archive just before his death.The Archive was inaugurated in December 2000.

 

 

Tyrtaeus

 

Tyrtaeus (7th century BC) wrote elegies in the Doric dialect aimed at raising the morale of the Spartians during the Messinian War II, calling them to support the regime and the power of the kings, the senate, the church of the municipality and, in particular, the king Theopompus. Of a considerable merit are the war poems «Evnomia» and «Ypothikes». Divergent are the opinions concerning his origin. According to some traditions Tyrtaeus was a Spartian general while some others present him as an Athenian or a Milesian schoolmaster. About twelve fragments of his work are preserved in Strabo,Lycurgus and Stobaeus.

 

 

Alcman

 

Born in Sardis, the capital of ancient Lydia, Alcman achieved great things in the middle of the 7th century BC in Sparta where he developed elaborate choral chants. According to Pausanias, there was a monument for the poet in Sevrikon of Sparta.

Even though few fragments of his work have survived, they are not lacking in erotic disposition and lyricism. The Partheneion «To Artemis Orthian», a chorus performed by young women, the beauty of whom is praised by Alcman, is one of the most distinguished works of the poet. This fragment was discovered in 1855 in Egypt, written in a papyrus of the 1st century.

 

 

Ioannis Theodorakopoulos

 

Great student of Platon and Plotinus, Ioannis Theodorakopoulos, established among other the Liberal School of Philosophy “Plethon” in Magoula in 1975, while he served as chairman of the Laconian Studies Society. Ioannis Theodorakopoulos (1900-1981) was born in the village of Vassaras and after studying as a Rizareios Ecclesiastical School scholar from 1915 to 1920, he continued his studies of philosophy in the Universities of Vienna and Heidelberg, where he attended classes of some of the most prominentteachers around the world such as K. Jaspers, A. Weber, and H. Rickert. In 1925, he receives his Doctorate of Philosophy from the University of Heidelberg. His thesis was published two years later.

In addition, he published the Plotis Meteaphysic des Seins and the "Archive of Philosophy and Theory of Science".

He was appointed as professor at the University of Thessaloniki and the University of Athens, became the President of the Athens Academy and a corresponding member and visiting professor of the most distinguished universities in the world. He also served as Minister of Education and Religion under the respective premiership of Kanellopoulos in 1945 and in 1966.

 

 

Agis Theros

 

Agis Theros (1875-1961) was born in Sparta and distinguished himself for his poetic, folklore and sociological work. As journalist he published the newspapers Laos (1908-1909 and 1914-1915), Lakedaimon (1909-1910) and the Efimeris ton ergaton (1912), while he developed a significant parliamentary actionin favor of the working class.

In 1940, in addition to his poetry collection Ta Anthropina he makes his first appearance in the field of poetry which will serve with works such as MegasPothos (1956), Liriki Poreia (1957), Ek Vatheon (1961). He will stand out for his folk songs collection which has a strong folk aspect from Laconia and Greece in general. He will also be the President of the Greek Folk Society and the Greek Litterateurs’ Society.

 

 

The Poet of “Romiosini”

 

The great poet from Monemvasia, Giannis Ritsos, (1909-1990), has made his mark in Greece’s poetry with poetry works such as “Tractor” (1934), “Pyramids” (1935), “Epitaph” (1936) and “My sister’s song” (1937). He brought out over one hundred poetry collections and compositions, nine novels, four theatrical plays and studies. He was awarded the A’ State Poetry Award in 1956 for his “Moonlight Sonnet” while in 1968 he was nominated for the Nobel Prize. In 1975 he was proclaimed Honorary Professor of the University of Salonika and in 1977 he was awarded the Lenin Peace Award.

 

 

Nikiforos Vrettakos

Krokees of Laconia boasts the origins of Nikiphoros Vrettakos (1912-1991), one of the most distinguished Greek poets, whose works have been translated in many languages. His work stands out for his humanitarianism, for his strong ties with his native land and folk tradition. Among his works are the well known “Mass at the Foot of Acropolis”, “The Culmination of Fire” (1940) “Taygetos and the silence” (1949), “Turbid rivers” (1950), “Ploumitsa” (1951), “Prometheus” (1979). He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in poetry, he was twice awarded the first State Award (1940 και 1956), the National Resistance Award (1945), the Athens Academy Award (1976), the Ouranis Award and many more. In 1987 he was elected a member of Athens Academy. His archive is preserved in the Central Public Library in Sparta.