Byron confided to his artilleryman William Parry at Missolonghi
late in life: "I am sure that no man reads the bible with more pleasure than I do; I read a chapter every day, and in a short time shall be able to beat the canters with their own weapons" (Parry, 153).
33) On 22 April 1826, the last Greek defenders of Missolonghi
blew themselves up rather than surrender to the forces of the Ottoman Empire.
Clayton, Britain and The Eastern Question: Missolonghi
to Gallipoli (London, 1971), 138-9.
The Ottoman Empire, extending from the Atlantic Ocean to Persia, was destroyed by European colonial powers that manipulated the nationalisms aroused by the French Revolution, beginning with a handful of Greeks who gathered at Missolonghi
in the Peloponnesus to proclaim a revolution in 1821.
He died of a chill received in an April rainstorm on the Greek island of Missolonghi
although many years had passed since he last saw Byron, Nathan must have recalled his old friend's tragic involvement at Missolonghi
in the Greek struggle against the Ottoman Turks.
As the man who designed the boat in which Shelley met his death by drowning, and who also enthused Byron sufficiently with the Hellenic cause to persuade him to embark for Missolonghi
where he died of fever, Trelawny has an infamous place in history.
Delacroix had a particular affinity for the writings of George Lord Byron, the English Romantic poet, who died on the shores of the Adriatic at Missolonghi
in 1824 while demonstrating his own allegiance to the cause of Greek independence.
But the lines' ironic echo fades when read in the context of Missolonghi
, or Hunt's endorsement of violent revolution in Greece or the South American republics.
The shock was also felt in the Agrinion districts and Missolonghi
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1824: Poet Lord Byron died, aged 36, of a fever at Missolonghi
while aiding Greek insurgents against the Turks in their fight for independence.