WOMEN OF THE GREEK REVOLUTION - National Hellenic Museum

The National Hellenic Museum will be closed to the public from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM on Friday, June 16 due to a private event.


March 29th from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at the NHM


Currently, Greek Independence Day is observed on March 25th, as a celebration of the Independence of the Greeks from Ottoman rule. 

Greek Independence took many years to come to fruition. The Greek War of Independence began in 1821 and lasted until 1832.

It began with the rebellion of the Greeks who had been under the rule of the Ottoman Empire for over 400 years. Women, men, and children lost their lives in the battle for Greek Independence. Due to the outnumbered Greek military, and the sacrifices and patriotism of women who participated in the revolution, gender equality was advanced.

In this talk, Dr. Giannakidou will focus on the role of the brave Greek women of the revolution, including but not limited to: the Mesolongitises of Missolonghi, the Souliotises, the heroines Laskarina Bouboulina, and Manto Mavrogenous, a member of the Philiki Etaireia (Friendly Brotherhood). The Souliotisses were instrumental to the revolution as they would throw rocks from the cliffs onto the battle fields. Due to their captive living conditions, the Souliotises are known for the ‘Dance of Zalogo’ in which they became martyrs to the revolution. 


Anastasia Giannakidou is a Professor of Linguistics at the University of Chicago. She studied Classical Philology and Linguistics in Greece (Aristotle University of Thessaloniki), holds a MA in the Philosophy of Language, and received her PhD in Linguistics in 1997 from the University of Groningen in the Netherlands. She was a Fellow of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (1997-2001) and held positions at the University of Amsterdam (Department. of Philosophy) and University of Groningen (Department of Linguistics), prior to moving to the University of Chicago in 2001. Prof. Giannakidou has also held visiting professorships at the University of Cyprus, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, and Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris. She is currently a co-director of University of Chicago’s Center for Gesture, Sign and Language, and a collaborator in the Bilingualism Research Lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  Professor Giannakidou is also a member of the Board of the Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center. 

In her spare time, Prof. Giannakidou contributes to the NHM Greek Language Program and culture classes at the Museum.


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