Those who left their mark on time

The Registry of Athens contains information on some of Greece’s key historical figures, including philanthropist and politician Emmanuel Benakis, politician Spyridon Mercouris, sculptor Yiannoulis Halepas, Prime Minister Alexandros Korizis, poet Costis Palamas, and resistance hero Lela Karayianni. Others include: – The death certificate of Ioannis Makriyiannis, dated April 27, 1864, which noted that the Greek revolutionary general died of «general atrophy,» indicating that he couldn’t eat. – The marriage certificate of Constantinople-born banker Andreas Syngros and Iphigenia Mavrokordatou, dated April 10, 1896, about a month after their wedding. – The death certificate of Harilaos Trikoupis, dated April 10, 1896, 11 days after his death. – The marriage certificate of journalist and writer Grigoris Xenopoulos and Christina Kanellopoulou, dated April 18, 1901, two days after their wedding. – The marriage certificate of actor Dimitris Myrat and 17-year-old Kyveli Andrianou, dated November 3, 1903. – The marriage certificate of 33-year-old Moisi Isaac Yiouo and 22-year-old Mathilde Minerm, dated September 12, 1904, one of the few surviving records of Jewish marriages in Athens. – The birth and baptism certificates of scholar, artist and author Nikos Hadzikyriakos-Ghika. He was born on February 20, 1906, but his birth was recorded nine days later. – One significant entry records the deaths of Nikos Beloyiannis, Ilias Argyriadis, Nikolaos Kaloumenos and Dimitris Batsis on June 2, 1952, some time after their execution «by firing squad.»

Subscribe to our Newsletters

Enter your information below to receive our weekly newsletters with the latest insights, opinion pieces and current events straight to your inbox.

By signing up you are agreeing to our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.