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History Has a Face - Figures of 1821 in Othonian Greece by the Belgian Diplomat Benjamin Mary

Academic editor – Research coordination: Charikleia G. Dimacopoulou
Collective volume
Text language: English
Athens, 2021

The publication History Has a Face - Figures of 1821 in Othonian Greece by the Belgian Diplomat Benjamin Mary presents 125 unpublished drawings of 320 exceptional individuals from the album of the Belgian diplomat and artist Benjamin Mary (1792-1846). This volume constitutes a landmark in the portrayal of fighters, politicians, clergymen and ordinary people, bringing to light previously unknown images that enrich Greek history.

The reader is transported to the Greece of King Otto, about 20 years after the beginning of the Greek War of Independence. There we meet the figures of the time and become spectators of the work undertaken by the National Assembly of 1843-1844, when modern Greece acquired its new constitution after the Revolution of the 3rd of September 1843.

The publication is a translation of the Ἡ Ἱστορία ἔχει πρόσωπο – Μορφὲς τοῦ 1821 στὴν Ἑλλάδα τοῦ Ὄθωνα ἀπὸ τὸν βέλγο διπλωμάτη Benjamin Mary.

Co-published by the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation and the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece

Research – Texts: Charikleia G. Dimacopoulou, Dimitra Koukiou, Leonora Navari, Yorgos Tzedopoulos, Iphigenia Vogiatzi, Maria Yiouroukou

Translation: Geoffrey Cox

Hardcover, 34 x 25 cm, 384 pages
ISBN: 978-618-83044-6-8, 978-618-5555-09-2
Published by AdVenture SA

Presentation of the publication

The event was held at The Hellenic Centre on Thursday 16 December 2021. Watch the event here.


In the period between 6 February to 5 May 2021, the outdoor exhibition 'Η Ιστορία έχει πρόσωπο' in Athens presented 22 portraits of some of the 320 exceptional individuals depicted by Benjamin Mary (1792-1846).

The outdoor exhibition 'Η Ιστορία έχει πρόσωπο' is organised also in Cyprus, from April to December 2021.

The Embassy of Greece in London is hosting an exhibition entitled 'History has a Face'.

Academy of Athens Award

The publication was honoured with an Academy of Athens Award of 2022.

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