In the presence of the President of the Parliament of the Greeks Konstantinos Tasoulas, who
he also announced the start of the work of the deputies of Ioannina Stavrou
Kalogiannis and Meropis Tzoufis, of the Epirus Alexandrou District Governor
Kahrimanis and the mayors of North Tzoumerka Yiannis Sendele and Kentrikon
Tzoumerkon Christos Hasiakos, the open scientific event was held
two-day event with the theme “Syrrako 1821, 200 years since the Revolution”, the
Weekend 30-31 July 2022 in Syracuse.
The day was co-organized by the Municipality of North Tzoumerka and the Center
Study, Promotion and Protection of Natural and Cultural Heritage
Sirrakou N.P.D.D. “Georgios Gianniotis”, under the auspices of the Region
Epirus, as part of a wider program, which received its approval
“Greece 2021” Committee and aims to highlight its fact
Revolution of Syracuse in 1821, as well as his participation in the struggle
of Independence. The two-day event was completed by the screening of relevant excerpts
documentary, approved by the “Greece 2021” committee and
was financed by the “Antonis Tritsis” program.
The events began on Saturday morning with a memorial service in the Sanctuary
Church of Agios Nikolaos and followed by the laying of wreaths in the area of
The Speaker of the Parliament congratulated the organizers of the conference, expressing the
his joy and satisfaction, because, in a way, he “exploited” his relationship
Sirrakos with the “Greece 2021” Committee, following a relevant request from the President
of T. Community of Syracuse G. Vaitsi, as a result of which the events will be included
in the context of the reflection actions for the two centuries since the birthday
outbreak of the Greek Revolution.
References to the work and personality of the Syracuse politician and activist
Ioannis Kolettis, the country’s first parliamentary prime minister, did
in their greetings, New Democracy MP Stavros Kalogiannis
and the Regional Governor Alekos Kahrimanis, while to the poet and prose writer Kostas
Krystalli, also born in Syracuse, said the SYRIZA MP
Meropi Tsoufi, sending a message of optimism.
For his part, the mayor of Northern Tzoumerka, Yiannis Sendeles, stood
in the choice of the Municipality to focus on the revolution of Syracos and the
Kalarriton, but also in the contribution of the pre-revolutionary struggles with the
highlighting the heroic figure of Katsantonis. He also pointed out the difficult
pre-work of the preparation of the program “Syrrako 1821-200 years from
the Revolution” by the organizational and scientific committee as well as the
thorough selection procedure of the coefficients both of the scientific one
of the two-day program but also of the historical documentary.
In the program “Syrrako 1821 – 200 years since the Revolution” and in all
related actions that took place from the summer of 2021 up to and including
August 2022 by the bodies of Syracuse, the president was finally mentioned
of T. Syracos Community George Vaitsis.
He pointed out that Syracuse, a place with a special and rich culture
identity, has given special importance to highlighting and recording it
of its history over the last 30 years, through the Links, of the former community
and the Spiritual Center and then through the North Municipality
Tzoumerko and the N.P.D.D. “Georgios Gianniotis”. He mentioned the function
of Endowments and actions for the utilization of assets
data of Syracuse through the N.P.D.D. and in closing he referred to the great one
effort of the Community and the Municipality to activate it
“Keep” program that will help to save and preserve it
of Syracuse’s architectural heritage, which today is the strongest
element of connection with his story and asked the president of the Parliament
to mediate so that the individual requests of T. Community of Syracuse
to the competent Ministry to find a response.
With their presence at the beginning of the work of the two-day conference, they honored
also, the deputy regional governors Agni Nakou, Haris Lazanis and Odysseas Potsis, o
president of the Chamber of Ioannina Dimitris Dimitriou, the former rector
of the Athens University of Economics Konstantinos Gatsios, regional and
municipal councilors, presidents of T. Communities, etc.
The rest of the schedule was as follows:
12.15 -13.00 Introductory Session – Presentation of the “Syrrako 1821” program
– Giorgos Vaitsis, president of the community of Syrakos – The emergence of the historical and
of cultural heritage in Syracuse: The program: “Syrrace 1821 – 200
years since the Revolution”.
– Maria Sambatakaki, historian “Historistai Net for Public & Applied History” –
Why Syrrako? Parameters of a public history program. Cinematic
snapshots: Syracuse 1821, The revolution of Syracuse.
13.30-14.00 A Session: The Vlach communities of Epirus.
– Zoe Tsiami, historian, editor-in-chief of “After Constantine” Journal –
Byzantine reports of the Vlachs and their post-Byzantine formation
identity in Epirus in the 19th century.
– Roxani Kavtantzoglou, EKKE Research Director Emeritus – Meeting with the
archives: Unexpected developments of a research project.
14.30 Presentation of lunch.
18.30-19.00 Session B: Syracuse-Kalarrytes, war events, destruction,
– Panagiotis Gartzonikas, director of the magazine “Strategein, candidate
Ph.D. Panteion University – The Revolution in Epirus and the Rebellion
Syracou – Kalarriton.
– Cleopatra Papoutsi, Turkish language teacher in the Department of Balkans,
of Slavic and Oriental Studies of the University of Macedonia – Sirrako
after the disaster: resettlement under Ottoman rule.
Sunday, July 31
11.30-12.30 A Session: Philhellenism and ideology
– Dimitra Koukiou, deputy director of the National Historical Museum –
Portraits of Epirus fighters of the Greek Revolution,
crafted by the Belgian diplomat Benjamin Mary.
– Ilias Skoulidas, assistant professor at the University of Ioannina –
Rebellion in Tzoumerka in 1821: British recruitment.
– Vassilis Sambatakakis, associate professor, director of the Department
of Modern Greek Studies of Lund University-Sweden – The Swede
military and philhellenic Nils Fredrik Aschling, his contribution in 1822 to
Greek revolution and his relationship with Ioannis Kolettis.
– Aristidis Hatzis, professor of Philosophy of Law & Theory of Institutions
University of Athens – The winner of the civil conflict: Ioannis Kolettis
from 1821 to 1827.
13.15-14.15 Roundtable: The utilitarian dimension of History. Can the
past experience (economic, social, cultural) of a place to be
driver of modern development?
The mayor of Ioannina Moses Elisaf, the mayor of Boreia discussed
Tzoumerkon Yiannis Senteles, while the president of Animasyros Film Festival & ASIFA
HELLAS Vassilis Karamitsanis presented the “Animasyros” program, a
program of exploitation of history that has been carried out in Syros in recent years
and can be an example for other regions.