Episode

Apr 27, 2021

Modern Odyssey: The Bicentennial of the Greek Revolution

Modern Odyssey host Dr. Despina Afentouli interviews Professor of Political Economy at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, Napoleon Maravegias, and Professor of International Relations at Panteion University of Athens, Greece, Kostas Ifantis about the bicentennial (1821-2021) of the outbreak of the Greek Revolution that led to the creation of the modern Hellenic state. It is noted that Haiti was the first country to recognize Greece’s independence and the Hellenes’ right of self determination. This anniversary is a celebration not only for Greece, but also for Hellenism around the world. This landmark is a commemoration to the people, Hellenes and Philhellenes, who fought and contributed to freedom after about 400 years of the Ottoman rule. It is a key moment to reflect on how the Greek Revolution was influenced by revolutions of that time, such as the American Revolution. The impact of the Greek Revolution in the world is also considered. It’s a time of celebrating Greece’s friendship with countries that have historic ties and share common values and ideals of democracy. At the same time, it is a key moment to consider how the country has progressed over the years and its future. Mr. Napoleon Maravegias is a Professor Political Economy at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Greece, a member of the National Committee “Greece 2021” and served as a Minister of the Rural Development in the May-June 2012 service government of Greece. Mr. Kostas Ifantis is a Professor of International Relations at Panteion University of Athens, Greece. He has also served as a Director of Research for the Centre for Policy Analysis and Planning at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 2004-2008. Modern Odyssey features interviews with leaders, artists, and prime movers on issues that aim to inspire. The adventure of life, as Odysseus’ epic journey to Ithaca - a symbol of timeless values, and human stories worth telling.

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