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Edina/Athena at The Main Library, University of Edinburgh [Edinburgh]

Illustrations of events in the Greek War of Independence: 10. First Battle of Athens ©

Edina/Athena: The Greek Revolution and the Athens of the North, 1821–2021
29 October 2021 – 29 January 2022

2021 marks the 200th anniversary of the start of the Greek War of Independence. This exhibition will examine contemporary events in Greece and Britain in the light of Britain’s enduring Philhellenism and will have a particular focus on Edinburgh’s emergence as the ‘Athens of the North’. Loans from the Royal Collection include three illustrations of the war which were presented by the Greek government to Queen Victoria at the start of her reign as monarch of one of the ‘Three Powers’ (Britain, France and Russia) who had aided the Greek forces against the occupying Ottomans. Thomas Lawrence’s portrait of John, Count Capo d’Istria, the first governor of the independent state of Greece, will also be lent.

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