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Kostis Palamas | Greek Poet

Updated: Apr 9

Kostis Palamas [1859 – 1943], often called the "national poet of Greece", was a great representative of the Greek literary generation of the 1880s.

Kostis Palamas

Kostis Palamas (in the middle), Parnassos Literary Club | Painting by: anonymous, Roilos-georgios-poets-parnassos-literary-club, CC BY-SA 3.0


He was one of the founders of the New Athenian School and he influenced the entire political and intellectual climate of his period for more than 30 years. He wrote the words of the Olympic Hymn and he was twice nominated for the Nobel Prize for Literature. His most important poem was the "The Twelve Lays of the Gypsy", written in 1907).

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