The adventures of the Philhellene physician volunteer in Greece in 1822, Daniel Elster are published for the first time in Greece, edited by the historian and philologist Regina Manousakis and the editor of the Philhellenic Library series Kostas Papailiou.
This is the fifth volume in Parisianou Publications’ “Philhellenic Library” series, and it will be presented on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, at 19:00 at the Philhellenism Museum (12 Zisimopoulou, 11524 Athens). Constantinos Velentzas, president of the Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP), Thodoris Koutsoyiannis, curator of the Hellenic Parliament’s Art Collection, and Kostas Papailiou, vice-president of SHP, author and series curator, will present the book.
The German Philhellene Daniel Elster served as a physician in the Philhellenes Battalion in 1822 and after surviving the disastrous Battle of Peta, after many adventures, he returned to his homeland and made a career as a famous musician. He penned voluminous memoirs with his companion the romantic writer Ludwig Bechstein, in which his adventurous life is portrayed in detail. Elster’s book contains thorough details on crucial events such as the Battle of Peta, as well as important figures of the Greek Revolution of 1821 such as Kolokotronis, Androutsos, Nikitaras, and Mavrokordatos.