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Philhellenes

 

in the broad sense, the Europeans and Americans who sympathized with or aided the Greeks in their struggle for liberation from the Ottoman yoke in the late 18th and early 19th centuries; in the narrow sense, the foreign participants in the Greek War of Independence of 1821–29. Among the Philhellenes who went to Greece were Serbian, Bulgarian, and Montenegrin soldiers, Polish revolutionaries, Italian Carbonari, and such Russian volunteers as N. Raiko and A. Protopopov. Lord Byron, the English poet, also went to Greece to help in the liberation struggle.

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15) A direct connection between modern Greeks and antiquity was something that Philhellenes sought to exploit when trying to generate interest in the Greek War of Independence, especially when the concepts of patriotism and heroism amongst the contemporary population were promoted.
This positive association between the ancients and their material culture established by antiquarian Philhellenes had implications on how contemporary Greeks were viewed.
In a repeat of the earlier claim of the Philhellenes to be fighting for the liberty of the world, Party members and fellow-travelers flocked to the Republican side in the civil war in Spain, so many demotic Byrons, as befitted the modern age.
Although it should be stressed that, unlike many other philhellenes, Byron had a loose idea of what the new Greek state would look like.
Clair, That Greece Might Still Be Free: The Philhellenes in the War of Independence (Oxford UP, 1972), 23-25.
Again, early in the following century the political activities of those Philhellenes who sought to free the modern Greeks from the Turkish yoke were well publicized in England and at the same time effected a fuller engendering of interest in the Greek past.
Suddenly Akelites, who in the past never passed an opportunity to disparage and belittle Greece and Greeks, have become the island's most fanatical philhellenes.
WASHINGTON, July 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The leading membership-based association for the nation's three million American citizens of Greek heritage, and countless Philhellenes, the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), has requested Entertainer Jennifer Lopez to cancel her planned July 24, 2010 performance at a new hotel and casino in Turkish-occupied northern Cyprus in a July 1, 2010 letter sent to her publicist, announced National President Nicholas A.
WASHINGTON, March 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The leading membership-based association for the nation's three million American citizens of Greek heritage, and countless Philhellenes, the American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association (AHEPA), applauds today's news that Greece has been designated a member of the United States' Visa Waiver Program, announced National President Nicholas A.
3 million American citizens of Greek ancestry, and Philhellenes, announced the creation of a coalition effort to raise emergency relief funding for those affected by the recent rash of wildfires throughout Greece.