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Dear friends,

I took this picture at a September afternoon! A book exhibition event took place in Acropolis. Besides the book exhibition, there were some kind of dedications to people who had offered a lot to art.
In the picture you can see "a dedication kiosk" to Nikos Kazantzakis and Dionysios Solomos. Some laptops and video were used in order to enhance educational procedure! Personally and hmmm... maybe influenced by the subject of my study... i found and still find this scene extremely interesting. I felt that learning by doing theory and supported by Information communication technology was a real fact which happened in front of my eyes!

It will be a big mistake if i did not refer to these two Great men who in their own ways served the idea of Freedom. So, in a concisely way...

Nikos Kazantzakis (1883-1957):
Prolific Greek writer, whose works include essays, novels, poems, tragedies, travel books, and translations of such classics as Dante's The Divine Comedy and J.W. von Goethe's Faust. Like his hero, Odysseus, Kazantzakis lived most of his artistic life outside Greece-except for the years of World War II. "I am a mariner of Odysseus with heart of fire but with mind ruthless and clear," Kazantzakis wrote in TODA RABA (1934). Several of the author's novels deal with the history and culture of his own country, and the mystical relationship between man and God.

Words Nikos Kazantzakis used to
describe himself in 1950:
"They think of me as a scholar, an intellectual, a pen-pusher. And I am none of them. When I write, my fingers
get covered not in ink, but in blood. I think I am nothing more than this: an undaunted soul."
For more information:
http://www.kazantzakis-museum.gr/

Dionysios Solomos (Greek: Διονύσιος Σολωμός) (1798 - 9 February 1857) was a Greek poet from Zakynthos. He is best known for writing the Hymn to Liberty (Greek: Ὕμνος εἰς τὴν Ἐλευθερίαν έmnos eis tīn Eleutherνan), of which the first two stanzas became the Greek national anthem He was a central person of the Heptanese School. He is considered to be the national poet of Greece not only because he wrote the national anthem but also because he contributed to preservation of the earlier poetic tradition and introducted their usefulness to modern literature. Except the Hymn to Liberty other notable poets include Ο Κρητικός (the Creatan), Ελεύθεροι Πολιορκημένοι (Free Besieged) and others. A characteristic of his poems is that no poem except the Hymn to Liberty is completed and almost nothing was published by him.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dionysios_Solomos

I hope you find the composition interesting.
My best regards,
Rene

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