Greece – allegory
Unknown German painter, probably from Munich. It presents a Greek mother with her child in an allegorical composition symbolizing the survival of Hellenism and its identification with the ancient Greek culture of which it remains a guardian. The painting belonged to the personal collection of the Bavarian prince Ludwig Ferdinand (1859-1949). Oil on canvas. 99 cm x 121 cm. Collection of SHP

Dear friends,

2019 was a particularly creative year for the Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism.

We organized 3 major events in March, June and December 2019. You can find the video of our last event here.

We designed and support constantly the website of SHP (, as well as our Facebook page (Hellenic Society and Philhellenism). We have put together an impressive musical ensemble, “Byron’s Muse”, and we already prepare 3 publications and the production of a music CD.

In 2020, we will hire permanent staff to support our goals and exhibit our collection, we will cultivate relationships with the academic community, and we will prepare an extensive program of audiovisual productions, events and activities in Greece and internationally, both for 2020 and above all, for 2021.

Our aim is to promote the principles of Hellenism and Philhellenism internationally, and to encourage the societies inspired by them, to find a position and an equal role on the side of the Greeks, who continue to be the guardians of the humanistic values. We will aim to launch a new philhellenic movement for the 21st century.

We thank you all for your interest in contributing to our work. In this regard, we are preparing a framework for the involvement of our friends and volunteers, which will be soon presented to you.

We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Creative New Year 2020.

Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism

Lord Byron’s oath on Markos Botsaris tomb. Collection SHP.

To watch the video with the lecture / event, please click here.

Lord Byron’s oath on Markos Botsaris tomb. Collection SHP.

The Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism organized, in cooperation with the British Embassy, an event on:


The event took place on Wednesday 11 December 2019 at Megaron Mousikis, Vassilissis Sofias, Athens 115 21

An exhibition of 100 personal items of Lord Byron and works of art from Europe inspired by his work took place in parallel, and it was accessible to the public daily from 9 to 13 December 2019.

Then event was attended by over 300 friends of SHP, while the exhibition was visited by more than 500 visitors and schools.

The event was attended by HE the President of the Republic Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos, the ex-Prime Minister Kostas Simitis, and various representatives from the political, academic and entrepreneurial world.

The event referred to Lord Byron’s work and its impact on the development of the international philhellenic movement, and on the Greek War for Independence

The event and the speakers were introduced by Dr. Fotis Papathanasiou. The speakers included HE Ambassador Kate Smith, Professor Roderick Beaton, Mr Constantinos Velentzas. The event was closed by a speech of Mr. Prokopios Pavlopoulos.

The event was followed by a concert of 19nth century songs on Lord Byron’s poems and a cocktail reception.

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Tel: 6974750361

Lord Byron. Portrait. 19nth century. Oil on canvas. Collection SHP.

Lord Byron (1788 – 1824)

A restless and creative spirit, inspired by the values ​​of Hellenic culture, in the early 19th century directs literature and intellectual life into new paths. He impresses with his literary and poetic work, identifies with the Romantic Movement, is admired and worshipped internationally by a wide audience. Like Odysseus, he sometimes succumbs to his weaknesses and sometimes faces them down, all the while on the look-out for a noble goal that will redeem him. Finally he transforms himself into a political and military being and identifies with the cause of the Greek revolution. His death in Missolonghi in 1824 shocked international public opinion, gave an explosive dimension to the international philhellenic movement, and turned the cause of Greece’s independence into a just vindication for his loss.


Pendules inspired by the work of Lord Byron. Collection SHP.

Lord Byron enters in Missologhi. Plate. Collection SHP.

Lord Byron. Portrait. 19nth century. Oil on canvas. Collection SHP.

Lord Byron. Medal. 19nth century. Collection SHP.

Lord Byron’s sword. 19nth century. Collection SHP.

The press covered the event on 11 December 2019 at the Music Hall of Athens (MEGARON).

Here are some examples: