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“Romios” in Greek Songs of Heroic Sacrifice
November 13 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
The Guardianship of the Greek Language Department of the Boston Lykeion Ellinidon presents a lecture by Andrew Ntapalis, Adjunct Professor of Modern Greek at the University of New Hampshire.
The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served after the talk.
The presentation concerns the use of the term “Romios” during the Ottoman Greek period. The term often proves difficult to properly define due to the various prejudices that later became attached to it. Ntapalis argues that the Ottoman-era Romios was not just a “Modern Greek,” as he is often called, but rather, that he was a certain type of Greek speaker, one more consciously Christian than he was Hellenic. This claim is supported by the Romios’ portrayal in Greek songs of heroic sacrifice, which is comparable to presentations of the Orthodox Christian martyr in Ottoman-era hagiography.
Andrew H. Ntapalis earned his BA in both History and Modern Greek, graduating summa cum laude in 2014 from the University of New Hampshire, and his MA in History in 2016 also from the University of New Hampshire. Andrew’s research includes Modern Greek history and historiography; Imperialism; Great Power Politics in the 19th century; The Eastern/Ottoman Question; EU politics and international relations; Greek literature; the Greek Language Question; Greek linguistic evolution; the ‘Megali Idea’ and nationalism; Romiosyni; translation; reception of the Classics in Modern Greek poetry and prose; Ancient Greece; Democracy; the Greek polis state; Roman and Byzantine political history; Orthodox Christian culture and Christian-Muslim relations in the Ottoman Period, 1350-1923. He is also a member of Phi Beta Kappa and the Phi Alpha Theta History Honor Society. Andrew currently teaches Modern Greek at the University of New Hampshire as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Classics, Humanities, and Italian Studies.