On Friday 19 November 2021, the National Historical Museum (Old Parliament Building) hosted the book presentation for the edition titled History has a face. Figures of 1821 in Ottonian Greece by Belgian diplomat Benjamin Mary, published by the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation and the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece-National Historical Museum. The event was honoured by H.E. the President of the Hellenic Republic Katerina Sakellaropoulou, who emphasized in her address that “as most of these portraits, upon request by Benjamin Mary, were signed by the persons depicted, we have also an invaluable and touching historical testimony: their handwriting”.
The event was also addressed by Themistoklis P. Kontogouris, Secretary General of the Historical and Ethnological Society of Greece, and Artemis Skoutari, President of the Sylvia Ioannou Foundation. Iakovos Michailidis, Professor of Modern and Contemporary History at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Petros Papapolyviou, Associate Professor of Contemporary Greek History at the University of Cyprus, Dr. Marilena Z. Kasimati, art historian, and Dr. Harikleia C. Dimakopoulou, historian of institutions and scientific editor of this edition spoke about the book. The event was coordinated by Dimitra Koukiou, associate director of the National Historical Museum.
Also present were Lina Mendoni, Minister of Culture, Christos Stylianidis, Minister for Climate Crisis and Civil Protection, Kostas Bakogiannis, Mayor of Athens, Belgian ambassador Francoise Gustin, Elli Droulia, director of the Library of Parliament, Filippos Tsimpoglou, general director of the National Library, Nikos Stampolidis, general director of the Acropolis Museum, Anastasios Liaskos, chairman of the board of directors of the War Museum, Maria Nikolaidi, rector of Charokopeio University and many more cultural figures.
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