Portrait of the first half of the 19th century. It presents Lord Byron on a throne, with classical antiquities, his weapons and his poetry in the background. 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.