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The impact of the European Enlightenment on the formation of the modern Greek State

The exhibition is divided into three sections, presenting aspects of the work of three, respectively, prominent figures of the Modern Greek Enlightenment: Eugene Voulgaris, Rigas Velestinlis and Adamantios Korais. How does their work is in dialogue with the thought of distinguished representatives of the European Enlightenment? The exhibits, dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, attempt to answer the abovementioned question: manuscripts, printed books and archival material, original works in foreign languages and related Greek-language editions, entirely selected from the rich collection of the National Library of Greece.

This concise exhibition booklet includes illustrative examples of the exhibits of all the three abovementioned sections.

The printed booklet is available for free at the NLG.

The Printing Houses during the Greek Revolution

Printing houses were established in Greece just a few months after the launch of the Greek War of Independence. In total, six printing houses operated in Greece during the revolutionary period: in Kalamata, which was later transferred to Corinth (1821-1822); in Missolonghi (1823-1826); in Psara (1824); in Hydra (1824-1827); in Athens (1824-1826), and the so-called Administration Printing House (1825 – onwards) which operated in both Nafplio and Aigina. Despite the hurdles which involved shortages in technical equipment and human resources, the printing houses served the objectives of the Revolution in various ways.

The catalogue is available at selected bookstores.