Alexandros Rizos Rangavis

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Alexandros Rizos Rangavis
Alexandros Rizos Rangavis 1869.JPG
Born Alexandros Rizos Rangavis
(1809-12-27)27 December 1809
Constantinople, Ottoman Empire
Died 28 June 1892(1892-06-28) (aged 82)
Athens, Greece
Occupation Writer, Statesman
Nationality Greek
Period 19th century

Alexandros Rizos Rangavis or Alexander Rizos Rakgabis[1] (Greek: Αλέξανδρος Ρίζος Ραγκαβής; French: Alexandre Rizos Rangabé; 27 December 1809 – 28 June 1892), was a Greek man of letters, poet and statesman.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Constantinople to a Greek Phanariot family. He was educated at Odessa and the military school at Munich. Having served as an officer of artillery in the Bavarian army, he returned to Greece, where he held several high educational and administrative appointments. He subsequently became ambassador to Washington, D.C. (1867), Paris (1868), and Berlin (1874–1886), and was one of the Greek plenipotentiaries at the Congress of Berlin in 1878.

Literary work[edit]

He was the chief representative of a school of literary men, known as the First Athenian School, whose object was to restore as far as possible the ancient classical language.

The signature of A. Rangavis
The signature of A. R. Rangavis

Of his various works, Hellenic Antiquities (1842–1855, of great value for epigraphical purposes), Archaeologia (1865–1866), an illustrated Archaeological Lexicon (1888–1891), and the first History of Modern Greek Literature (1877) are of the most interest to scholars. He wrote also the following dramatic pieces: The Marriage of Kutndes (comedy), Dukas (tragedy), The Thirty Tyrants, The Eve (of the Greek revolution); the romances, The Prince of Morea, Leila, and The Notary of Argostoli; and translated portions of Dante, Schiller, Lessing, Goethe and Shakespeare.

After his recall he lived in Athens, where he died on 28 June 1892.

A complete edition of his philological works in nineteen volumes was published at Athens (1874–1890), and his Memoirs appeared posthumously in 1894–1895.

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  1. ^ "Wikisource-logo.svg Baynes, T.S., ed. (1879). "Greek Literature: Modern". Encyclopædia Britannica. 9 (9th ed.). New York: Charles Scribner's Sons. 


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