Filon Ktenidis

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Filon Ktenidis (Φίλων Κτενίδης) (1889 – 13 July 1963) was a Pontic Greek playwright, an accountant, a journalist, a doctor and the founder of Panagia Soumela in Kastania, Vermiou in Greece.


Early life and education[edit]

Born in 1889 in Trapezus, Pontus, he spent his childhood days in Kromni. In 1906 he graduated with excellent grades at the Frontistirion (High School) of Trapezus.


From 1906-1909 he began work as an accountant. Αt the same time he was a contributor to the Trapezuntine newspaper Ethniki Drasi (National Action).

In 1910 he publishes his own fortnightly newspaper, Epitheoro, and is expelled by the Neo Turks and flees to Athens, where he enrolls in the University's Medical School. In 1912-13 he volunteers in the Greek army and takes part in operations in Epirus and Macedonia (Greece). In 1914-15 he returns to Trapezus to offer his voluntary services as a doctor, to the people of the outer Greek regions of Trapezounta.

With the entry of the Russian troops to Trapezus in 1916, he travels to the Caucasus where between 1915-17 he works as a Medical Doctor in the biggest Russian Military Hospital. In 1918 he becomes the President of the National Council of Pontos in Krassnodor, Russia. Ιn 1922 he returns to Thessaloniki where he practices as a doctor. He is the successful writer of 17 well known Pontian Theatrical Plays. He served as an MP after the 1935 legislative elections in Greece.

He died in July 1963.[1]


  1. ^ Nea Epohi (newspaper), "Filon Ktenidis obituary", 25-07-1963, p.2, via State General Archives, Archives for Prefecture of Pieria.


The Encyclopedia of Pontian Hellenism

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