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Lord Byron: The Romantic Poet Who Died for Greece

Lord byronPortrait of Lord Byron, one of the world’s greatest Philhellenes, by Phillips, 1813. Credit: Public Domain

George Gordon, Lord Byron, one of the first and best-known philhellenes, actively participating in battles in Greece’s War of Independence, eventually losing his life in Missolonghi on April 19, 1824.

Born in 1788, Gordon, who had the title of Lord Byron, became the leading figure of British Romanticism at the beginning of the 19th century. He lived a full life in every aspect and died young for a cause he loved, which made him into even more of a romantic legend than he had been while a living poet.

Young, handsome and aristocratic, Byron lived exuberantly and had innumerable romances and scandalous relationships — although his acts of selfless heroism became part of a wider historic struggle.

For Greeks, Λόρδος Βύρωνας, as he is called, epitomized the concept of Philhellenism because he died at the age of 36 for the freedom of a homeland that was not even his own.

Byron was also a bitter opponent of Lord Elgin’s removal of the Parthenon sculptures, denouncing the “theft” in the poem “The Curse of Minerva.”

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