Sunday, February 5, 2012

The Death of Theodoros Kolokotronis

The Newspaper Tachipteros Fimi (Ταχύπτερος Φήμη) was published twice a week in Athens. In the Library of Greek Literature and Historical Records one can find the four page Issue of Monday 8th February 1843. This issue, however, is of historical value, since it announces the death of Theodoros Kolokotronis, who was a protagonist in the Greek Independence struggle against the Ottoman Empire, describing also the ceremony of his funeral. 

Once the news of his death reached the Greek capital, many Athenians rushed to his house in order to reach out to his family. Some important facts, included in this article, are that the State Council suspended its meeting in order to visit the deceased hero, while the cabinet immediately prepared the funeral plans and submitted it for royal approval. On the day of the funeral, Kolokotronis was dressed in his uniform, that of a Lieutenant General, together with his sword, helmet and a Turkish flag, symbolically, placed beneath his feet. 10.000 people were at Kolokotroni's funeral, making it an unprecedented occasion. Finally, moving is the description of the hero's sons reactions to this sad event. 

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