"Freedom or Death": a commemoration of the Cretan uprising and the Arkadi holocaust of 1866

The Society for Modern Greek Studies and the Cretan Association of Great Britain are jointly organising a commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Arkadi holocaust. The event will take place in the Great Hall at King's College London, Strand, WC2R 2LS, at 7:00 pm on Thursday 24 November 2016.

All welcome, but it is essential to book your place in advance, by notifying the Secretary: secretary@moderngreek.org.uk

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the heroic defence of the Holy Monastery of Arkadi and the resulting holocaust of 8/9 (= 20/21) November 1866, which has ever since been regarded as a focal point of the Cretan struggle for freedom, and was closely followed at the time throughout Europe and especially in Britain.


Sir Michael Llewellyn-Smith (Visiting Professor, Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London, and former British Ambassador to Greece):

1866 to 1913: Why was Cretan Enosis delayed?

Dr Manos Perakis (Researcher, Faculty of Education, University of Crete):

The Cretan Uprising of 1866 and the Arkadi Holocaust: Context, events and repercussions

Dr Maria Karaiskou (Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, University of Crete):

Arkadi in the context of Athenian and Heptanesian Romantic poetry

Photographs from the archives of the Holy Monastery of Arkadi will be shown during the event, which will be followed by a reception with Cretan kerasma and live Cretan music.

Sponsored by N. Daskalantonakis / GRECOTEL Group