Konstantinos Paparrigopoulos, Founder of Greek Historiography — Greek City Times


Konstantinos Paparrigopoulos (Κωνσταντίνος Παπαρρηγόπουλος) (1815-1891) was a 19th century Greek historian, considered the founder of modern Greek historiography.

He analyzed Greek history from antiquity to the present day as a continuous history in his multi-volume History of the Greek Nation and is also known for his original research in Byzantine history and other areas of Greek studies.

Paparrigopoulos was born in Constantinople in 1815.

Her father, a native of Gortyn, was killed by the mob of Constantinople when the Greek War of Independence broke out in 1821.

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Paparrigopoulos not only saw this grisly spectacle, but he also witnessed the execution of his brother, Michael, and his two uncles.

His mother, who survived the massacres, fled to Odessa, where Paparrigopoulos completed his studies as bursar to Tsar Alexander I.

In 1830 Paparrigopoulos traveled to Greece to study at the “Central School” (Κεντρικό Σχολείο) of Aegina, founded by the Greek ruler Ioannis Kapodistrias. He continued his studies in France and Germany.

Back in Greece, Paparrigopoulos was appointed to the Ministry of Justice, but in 1845 he was forced to resign as he did not yet possess Greek citizenship.

He was renamed a teacher when he obtained Greek citizenship (as a “Gortynian”).

In 1851, he became professor of history at the University of Athens.

In Greece, Paparrigopoulos is often considered its greatest historian of modern times, for he was the first who, in his History of the Greek nationconsidered the history of Greece as a continuity of the Greek nation. Founder

The interpretation of the Greek character of Byzantium in the work of Sp. Zampelios was the first step in the effort to refute the now disproved Fallmerayer theory that there was no continuity between the ancient Greeks and modern.

It has been argued that the ancient Greek civilization did not fade away but was creatively reshaped as it encountered Christianity, which took place during the Byzantine Empire.

In 1873 Paparrigopoulos lost his beloved son and famous poet, Dimitrios Paparrigopoulos. In 1890 he lost his daughter Elena and the following year he lost his wife.

The founder of Greek histography died on April 14, 1891.

All his principal writings are in Greek.

  • About the emigration of Slavic tribes from the Peloponnese1843.
  • The last year of Greek independence1844.
  • General history elements1845.
  • General history2 volumes, 1849.
  • Introductory lesson1855.
  • History of the Hellenic Nation6 volumes, 1860-1877.

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