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King Otto, the Bavarian Who Died Longing For His “Beloved Greece”

King Otto, the Bavarian prince who ruled as King of Greece from May 27, 1832 until he was deposed on October 23, 1862, was a polarizing figure who tried to bring Greece out of the chaos of revolution into...

The English Socialite Who Caused a Stir in Greece with Famous Affairs

Jane Digby, who later became Lady Ellenborough, was one of the most famous adventuresses of her times, even having an affair with King Otto of Greece -- and his father -- and then going off to live in a...

The Day Kapodistrias, the First Leader of Modern Greece, was Killed

On September 27, 1831, Ioannis Kapodistrias, the first leader of Greece after the Ottoman occupation, was assassinated in Nafplio. His killing robbed the country from the chance to become a modern state sooner. Born on Corfu on February 11, 1776,...

“King Otto”: Film on Greece’s 2004 Football Triumph Hits Screens

"King Otto" Rehhagel celebrates Greece's Euro 2004 football triumph, representing perhaps the greatest upset in all of sports history.

September 3, 1843: When Greeks Forced Their German King to Grant a Constitution

After Greece gained its independence after fighting off the Ottoman Empire, the Greek insurgents called upon Ioannis Kapodistrias, a former foreign minister of Russia, to take over the governance of the fledgling state in 1827. Kapodistrias ruled until 1831, when he...

A Brief History of Elections in Greece

The history of elections in the modern Greek state began in 1833, with the first King of Greece, Otto of Bavaria, introducing the paper ballot. The occasion was the municipal elections for the Argolis-Corinth prefecture in July of 1834. The...

The Real March 25th and Greece's Liberation Is Not Like We Know It [video]

For us Greeks, March 25, 1821 is a date that fills us with national pride. It marks our liberation from Ottoman rule and the start of the independent, modern Greek state. Yet historians beg to differ, ruining a good myth,...

'Regretfully, We Are Bankrupt'… Again; Debt And Default in Greece

Greece is the birthplace of dialogue, democracy, philosophy, arts and the first radical leftist government in Europe. During the last few years, and due to its deep dive into a financial turmoil, the country has been constantly hosted in numerous international...