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09.02.2018 / Announcements


Marking the 220th anniversary of Rigas Velestinlis' death, a unique four-lecture series that focuses on the continuing relevance of the great Greek revolutionary and his life's work.

Four wide-ranging lectures that will seek to convey the figure of Rigas Velestinlis in all its disruptive breadth are set to begin in a venue where attendees will have the opportunity to admire one of the very few surviving copies of Rigas' Charta: the Onassis Library (Leoforos Amalias 56). The talks will explore the revolutionary strategy with which he aspired to wrest back liberty for the Greek people. They will also set out to demonstrate the continued relevance of Rigas' political vision for the creation of a free and democratic state.


Wednesday, 21.02.2018 | 18:30–20:30
Rigas' politeia, the ecumenical cosmopolis and the modern state: a critical evaluation
To what extent does Rigas' politeia express the constitutional quests of modernity? How does it differ from them? Is it perhaps a utopian vision wrought from his personal ideological quests? Questions and answers which take Rigas Velestinlis' 'Hellenic Republic' as their starting and their centre point.

Speaker: Georgios Kontogeorgis, Professor Emeritus, Former Chancellor of Panteion University

Wednesday, 28.02.2018 | 18:30–20:30
Rigas' Charta: Bidding farewell to the Nation
Rigas' Charta is definitely the best-known map of Greece and almost the only one to have given rise to a commentary. The sheer audacity of the move to publish a map of Greece after centuries of cartographic silence, its monumental size and visual complexity, its links to Rigas' patriotic and revolutionary activities, and its maker's martyrish death just months after its completion, they all all make Rigas' Charta a national treasure.

Speaker: Dr George Tolias, Research Director at the National Hellenic Research Foundation (EIE), Direct of Studies at the École pratique des hautes études (Sorbonne)

Wednesday, 14.03.2018 | 18:30–20:30

Rigas Velestinlis' publishing programme
What was the logic underpinning Rigas Velestinlis' Enlightenment programme and how was this elucidated in his four published books, two revolutionary pamphlets, three works of cartography and his portrait of Alexander the Great.

Speaker: Paschalis Kitromilidis, Professor Emeritus, University of Athens

Wednesday, 21.03.2018 | 18:30–20:30
Rigas and the Vienna circle
Rigas' name fronts a number of publications and actions and Vienna provided the conditions most favourable in his era for the emergence of a Greek community aligned in its adherence to a single intellectual belief system. But who can be considered part of Rigas' circle, and what were the conditions that encouraged freedom of thought and action in Vienna?

Speaker: Eleni Kourmantzi, Visiting Professor, St. Cyril and St. Methodius University, Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

•    All Onassis Foundation educational programmes are offered free of charge.
•    Admission will be on a first-come first-served basis. Be sure to book your place at
•    For more information: call 210 3713000 (Monday-Friday, 9:00–17:00).
•    For all the information about the Onassis Library's educational activities, visit here

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