The question of linguistic closeness or distance between Arvanitika and Albanian has come to the forefront especially since the early 1990s, when a large number of Albanian immigrants began to enter Greece and came into contact with local Arvanitic communities.  The reasons for this migration are not entirely clear and may be manifold.  It refers to a geographical term, first attested in Polybius in the form of a place-name Arvon (Άρβων), and then again in Byzantine authors of the 11th and 12th centuries in the form Arvanon (Άρβανον) or Arvana (Άρβανα), referring to a place in what is today Albania. "Albanian, Tosk: A language of Albania", Ethnologue (2005). ", Travellers in the 19th century were unanimous in identifying, Era Vranoussi, Deux documents byzantins inedits sur la presence des Albanais dans le Peloponnese au XVe siecle in The Medieval Albanians, NHRF, Institute for Byzantine Research, p. 294. Greek revolutionary songs Kolokotronaioi - Duration: 3:52.  The word Shqiptár is also used in a few villages of Thrace, where Arvanites migrated from the mountains of Pindus during the 19th century. Nevertheless, fighting begins to break out all over with massacres committed by both the Greeks and the Turks. 1928 census: 18,773 citizens self-identifying as "Albanophone" in all of Greece. Ancient Greeceâs artistry, regard for heroes, and democratic rule â¦ , Arvanitika is currently considered in danger of extinction due to it having no legal status in Greece. Traditional settlements with significant population of Arvanites include: The name Arvanites and its equivalents are today used both in Greek (Αρβανίτες, singular form Αρβανίτης, feminine Αρβανίτισσα) and in Arvanitika itself (Arbëreshë or Arbërorë).  Many Arvanites find the designation "Albanians" offensive as they identify nationally and ethnically as Greeks and not Albanians. His mother, the nymph Thetis, dipped him in the River Styx to make him invulnerable in battle—except for his heel, where she gripped the baby.  Since Arvanitika is almost exclusively a spoken language, Arvanites also have no practical affiliation with the Standard Albanian language used in Albania, as they do not use this form in writing or in media. Trudgill, Peter (2004): "Glocalisation and the Ausbau sociolinguistics of modern Europe".  Arvanites today self-identify as Greeks as a result of a process of assimilation, and do not consider themselves Albanian. They were employed to re-settle areas that had been largely depopulated through wars, epidemics, and other reasons, and they were employed as soldiers. Usually, there were more than one phares in an Arvanitic village and sometimes they were organised in phratries that had conflicts of interest. N.S. 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However they also use the name Arvanitis speaking in Greek, while the Euromosaic (1996) reports notes that the designation Chams is today rejected by the group. Furikis (1934): estimated 70,000 Arvanites in Attica alone. In the 19th and early 20th century, Alvani (Albanians) was used predominantly in formal registers and Arvanites (Αρβανίτες) in the more popular speech in Greek, but both were used indiscriminately for both Muslim and Christian Albanophones inside and outside Greece. Killing it is one of 12 tasks Heracles â the son of Greek god, Zeus â must complete to become immortal. The origin story of the mythical Greek hero.  These views contributed toward shaping negative attitudes held by Arvanites regarding their language and thereby increasing assimilation.  In Albania itself, the self-designation Arvanites had been exchanged for the new name Shqiptarë since the 15th century, an innovation that was not shared by the Albanophone migrant communities in the south of Greece. She has been featured by NPR and National Geographic for her ancient history expertise. Greek language made quite an impact, as well. As repentance, Cadmus and his wife were transformed into snakes. This has contributed to the loss of the language in the younger generation. Macmillan, 2003. Cadmus was the Phoenician founder of Thebes. He assembled a crew of heroes called the Argonauts and set sail. This weapon held by Camilla infers that she â¦ The following women â¦ Additionally, a hâ¦ With the help of the creature's half-sister, Ariadne, Theseus was able to enter the labyrinth where the monster lived, slay the beast, and find his way out again. In Greece, which has so far been spared a major outbreak, everyone tunes in when Prof. Sotirios Tsiodras, a slender-framed, gray-haired man, addresses the nation every day at 6 p.m. Federal Union of European Nationalities, 1991: 95,000 "Albanians of Greece" (MRG 1991: 189), Jan Markusse (2001): 25.000 Arvanites in Greece. Observed on the last Monday of each August, National Heroes Day commemorates the Cry of Pugad Lawin, a revolt that kicked off the 1896 Philippine Revolution against the Spanish Empire and the long struggle toward that countryâs independence. Alexander the Great, Pericles, Alkiviades, Achilles, Leonidas,Ajax, Odysseus â¦ There, he lost his men to a dragon of Ares. Property market in Greece set to rebound after covid-19. In the ancient world, everyone knew what a hero was. Cadmus killed the dragon, planted its teeth and watched as armed men (the Spartoi) emerged from the ground. Regions with a strong traditional presence of Arvanites are found mainly in a compact area in southeastern Greece, namely across Attica (especially in Eastern Attica), southern Boeotia, the north-east of the Peloponnese, the south of the island of Euboea, the north of the island of Andros, and several islands of the Saronic Gulf including Salamis. In the course of the 20th century, it became customary to use only Αλβανοί for the people of Albania, and only Αρβανίτες for the Greek-Arvanites, thus stressing the national separation between the two groups.  Although sociological studies of Arvanite communities still used to note an identifiable sense of a special "ethnic" identity among Arvanites, the authors did not identify a sense of 'belonging to Albania or to the Albanian nation'. Ethnologue, 2000: 150,000 Arvanites, living in 300 villages. At the same time, it has been suggested that many Arvanites in earlier decades maintained an assimilatory stance, leading to a progressive loss of their traditional language and a shifting of the younger generation towards Greek.  They also wore a heavily embroidered foundi or gown like garment that was heavily embroidered in silk and on the mainland the sigouni, a woolen thick white coat.  In post-dictatorial Greece, the Arvanites have rehabilitated themselves within Greek society through for example the propagation of the Pelasgian theory regarding Arvanite origins. Perseus was the son of Zeus, who disguised himself as a shower of gold in order to impregnate Perseus' mother Danae. Back then, the idea of a hero was closely associated with military prowess, namely how good someone was at killing others. Banfi, Emanuele (1996), "Minoranze linguistiche in Grecia: Problemi storico- e sociolinguistici" ["Linguistic minorities in Greece: Historical and sociolinguistic problems"]. Using three golden apples, Hippomenes was able to distract the swift Atalanta and win the race—and her hand in marriage. Son of Zeus and nemesis of the goddess Hera, Hercules was always too powerful for his foes. Pelasgic Encounters in the Greek–Albanian Borderland: Border Dynamics and Reversion to Ancient Past in Southern Albania. He tried to ride Pegasus to Mount Olympus, which so enraged Zeus that he caused Bellerophon to fall to earth and die. But he didn't have much time to savor his conquest. Heracles, Greek Herakles, Roman Hercules, one of the most famous Greco-Roman legendary heroes.Traditionally, Heracles was the son of Zeus and Alcmene (see Amphitryon), granddaughter of Perseus.Zeus swore that the next son born of the Perseid house should become ruler of Greece, butâby a trick of Zeusâs jealous wife, Heraâanother child, the sickly Eurystheus, was born first and became â¦ Vranousi, E. (1970): "Οι όροι 'Αλβανοί' και 'Αρβανίται' και η πρώτη μνεία του ομωνύμου λαού εις τας πηγάς του ΙΑ' αιώνος." During that time, Odysseus and his men faced numerous challenges, including being kidnapped by a cyclops, menaced by sirens, and finally shipwrecked. A Venetian source of the mid-15th century estimates that 30,000 Albanians lived in the Peloponnese at that time. They fought each other down to a final five, who helped Cadmus found Thebes. She is also said to have sailed with Jason, the only female on the Argo. On the question of methods for studying ethnic minorities' music in the case of Greece's Arvanites and Alvanoi. Check out bit.ly/goztm to meet Zeus the Hamster and his friends-Athena the Cat, Ares the Pug, Demeter the grasshopper, and many more--who also listen to â¦  On the Aegean islands, Arvanite women wore silk gowns with Turkish influences. When an angry Artemis sent the Calydonian Boar to ravage the land in revenge, Atalanta was the hunter who first pierced the beast. 4 (2008): 1186-1202. , During the Greek War of Independence, many Arvanites played an important role on fighting on the Greek side against the Ottomans, often as national Greek heroes. Trudgill/Tzavaras (1976/77): estimated 140,000 in Attica and Boeotia together. , Since the 1980s, there have been some organized efforts to preserve the cultural and linguistic heritage of Arvanites. The following is a summary of the widely diverging estimates (Botsi 2003: 97): Like the rest of the Greek population, Arvanites have been emigrating from their villages to the cities and especially to the capital Athens. GHM (=Greek Helsinki Monitor) (1995): "Report: The Arvanites". Songs have been studied by Moraitis (2002), Dede (1978), and Gkikas (1978). A son of Zeus, Hermes was the messenger of the gods.  Ultimately these terms used amongst Albanian speakers originate from the Latin word sclavus which contained the traditional meaning of "the neighbouring foreigner". Arvanites in Greece originated from Albanian settlers who moved south from areas in what is today southern Albania during the late middle ages.  The name Arvanites ("Arbanitai") originally referred to the inhabitants of that region, and then to all Albanian-speakers. With the formation of modern nations and nation-states in the Balkans , Arvanites have come to â¦ The most famous example was built near Kourion. Sella-Mazi, Eleni (1997): "Διγλωσσία και ολιγώτερο ομιλούμενες γλώσσες στην Ελλάδα" ["Diglossia and lesser-spoken languages in Greece"].  In recent times, Arvanites have expressed mixed opinions towards Albanian immigrants within Greece. It would be unfair to over-look Ali Pasha and the fact that the insurrection of 1821 was actually something of an Albanian affair and that the Chios massacre was a consequence of this. "], Furikis, Petros (1934): "Η εν Αττική ελληνοαλβανική διάλεκτος". During the onset of the Greek war of Independence, Arvanites fought alongside Greek revolutionaries and against Muslim Albanians. "The Hellenic Diaspora and the Greek State: A Spatial Approach".  There are also settlements in some other parts of the Peloponnese, and in Phthiotis (Livanates, Malesina, Martino villages).  For example Arvanites participated in the Tripolitsa Massacre of Muslim Albanians, while some Muslim Albanian speakers in the region of Bardounia remained after the war, converting to Orthodoxy. 12:24.  Some later movements are also believed to have been motivated to evade Islamization after the Ottoman conquest. Jason was born the son of the deposed king of Iolcos. There are no reliable figures about the number of Arvanites in Greece today (no official data exist for ethnicity in Greece). Athens: Kastanioti. They did their heroic acts for personal glâ¦ De Agostini / Archivio J. Lange / Getty Images, Bibi Saint-Pol / Wikimedia Commons / Public Domain, Classic Greek Mythology: Stories from Ovid's Metamorphoses, The Odyssey Book IX - Nekuia, in Which Odysseus Speaks to Ghosts, M.A., Linguistics, University of Minnesota.  Relations too between Arvanites and other Orthodox Albanian speaking communities such as those of Greek Epirus are mixed, as they are distrusted regarding religious matters due to a past Albanian Muslim population living amongst them. At some times, particularly under the nationalist 4th of August Regime under Ioannis Metaxas of 1936–1941, Greek state institutions followed a policy of actively discouraging and repressing the use of Arvanitika. Pallas was the Titan god of war and battle and is the name chosen to be accompanied with the Centaur in Sandro Botticelliâs painting from 1482, Pallas and the Centaur. , Fara (Greek: φάρα, means "seed", "descendants" in Arvanitika, from Proto-Albanian *pʰarā) is a descent model, similar to the Albanian tribal system of fis. Trudgill, Peter (2000): "Greece and European Turkey: From Religious to Linguistic Identity", in S Barbour, C Carmichael (eds. The chorus was the central feature of Greek drama. Ariadne â a beautiful princess with a complicated fate, typical of antiquity. Was it the mighty Hercules? After he deserted her, his wife Medea murdered his children and he died sad and alone. "Modern Greek National Identity". Every year, the city had to send seven men and seven women to Crete to be devoured by the monstrous Minotaur. Furikis, Petros (1931): "Πόθεν το εθνικόν Αρβανίτης;" ["Whence the ethnonym Arvanites? The largest organisation promoting Arvanitika is the "Arvanitic League of Greece" (Αρβανίτικος Σύλλογος Ελλάδος). , Arvanite women were known for wearing a chemise shirt that was heavily embroidered. Widows could inherit the status and privileges of their husbands and thus acquire leading roles within a fara, as did, for instance, Laskarina Bouboulina. The woman in the picture is called Camilla, and her fingers are entwined in the Centaurâs hair. Welters, Lisa (1995). Prévélakis, Georges. It is considered as one of the strongest resistance movements in Nazi-occupied Europe. It was probably conflated with that of the "Arbanitai" at some stage due to phonological similarity. In: B. Spillner (ed.). They were often worshipped as gods. Botsaris is among the most revered national heroes in Greece. During the Greek War of Independence, many Arvanites played an important role on fighting on the Greek side against the Ottomans, often as national Greek heroes. Euromosaic (1996): "L'arvanite / albanais en Grèce". Schukalla, Karl-Josef (1993): "Nationale Minderheiten in Albanien und Albaner im Ausland." Albanian-speaking areas in very light blue. The book itself did not claim Skanderbeg as Greek, yet the text became influential in shaping a long tradition within Greek literature that appropriated him as a Greek national hero and patriot. "Ethnicity in Greek dress". In many instances the Arvanites were invited by the Byzantine and Latin rulers of the time. [dead link], Relations between Arvanites and other Albanian speaking populations have varied over time. Theseus was the Athenian hero who liberated his city from the tyranny of King Minos of â¦ Albanian-speaking areas in red. Gefou-Madianou, pp. Ducellier, Alain (1968): "L'Arbanon et les Albanais". Ï, c. 1788 â 21 August 1823) was a Greek general and hero of the Greek War of Independence and captain of the Souliotes. In Standard Albanian (Arvanitë, Arbëreshë, Arbërorë) all three names are used. She grew up wild and free, able to hunt as well as a man. National Geographic Kids Greeking Out is a kid-friendly retelling of some of the best stories from Greek Mythology. Theseus was the Athenian hero who liberated his city from the tyranny of King Minos of Crete. But who are the greatest heroes of Greek mythology?  In an Arvanitic village, each phara was responsible to keep genealogical records (see also registry offices), that are preserved until today as historical documents in local libraries. Greek Heroes on GreekMythology.com including Achilles, Actaeon, Aeneas, Atlanta, Bellerophon, Dioscuri, Heracles, Jason, Meleager, Odysseus, Peleus, Perseus etc. More than just gods and goddesses, this long-ago culture gave us legendary heroes and heroines whose exploits still thrill us. Gounaris, Vassilis (2006): "Σύνοικοι, θυρωροί και φιλοξενούμενοι: διερεύνοντας τη 'μεθώριο' του ελληνικού και του αλβανικού έθνους κατά τον 19ο αιώνα." , Arvanites were regarded as ethnically distinct from the Greeks until the 19th century. Discover surprising insights and little-known facts about politics, literature, science, and the marvels of the natural world. Throughout history, in every culture around the world, extraordinary women have pushed society to think bigger, move forward and create. Military helicopter engaged in NATO exercises missing off Greek coast. Center for Applied Philosophy: The Radical Academy. Report published by the Institut de Sociolingüística Catalana. Bintliff, John (2003), "The Ethnoarchaeology of a "Passive" Ethnicity: The Arvanites of Central Greece" in K.S. Many of these first heroes were great benefactors of humankind: Hercules, the monster killer; Asclepius, the first doctor; Dionysus, the creator of Greek fraternities. Composed of similarly costumed men, they performed on the dancing floor (), located beneath or in front of the stage.They enter during the first choral song from two entrance ramps (parodoi) on either side of the orchestra, and remain for the entire performance, observing and commenting on the action. Greek Chorus . Diakos was born Athanasios Nikolaos Massavetas in Phocis, in the village of Ano Mousounitsa, or â¦ During the Trojan War, Achilles achieved fame by slaying Hector outside the city gates. 420-421. Ancient Greek, at about 3400 years old, provided the basis of many modern languages. Camilla is holding a halberd, which is a large weapon that is carried by guards. German ethnographic map of the Peloponnese, 1890. until 30 BC. 1 6. ThoughtCo. ["The Greek-Albanian dialect in Attica"], Gefou-Madianou, Dimitra. "Cultural Polyphony and Identity Formation: Negotiating Tradition in Attica.". Reference:  Sam Wineburg and Chauncey Monte-Sano, "Famous Americans: The Changing Pantheon of American Heroes." Crete was famous for its labyrinth with its cruel and terrifying monster, the Minotaur, who was fed young men and women. GCT December 4, 2020. The language is also not available at any level of the educational system in Greece. Within Attica, parts of the capital Athens and its suburbs were Arvanitic until the late 19th century.  They call themselves Arvanites (in Greek) and Arbëror (in their language). Social changes, government policies, and public indifference have also contributed to the decline of the language. One generation after another, the values of Chinese culture have been preserved through stories, with different heroes symbolizing different virtues. Lords of the Horizons: A History of the Ottoman Empire. ), Language and nationalism in Europe, Oxford University Press. He got permission on condition that he did not look at Eurydice until they reached the light of day, something he was unable to do. The report by GHM (1995) subsumes the Epirote Albanophones under the term Arvanites, although it notes the different linguistic self-designation, on the other hand, applies the term Arvanites only to the populations of the compact Arvanitic settlement areas in southern Greece, in keeping with the self-identification of those groups. Sasse (1991): estimated 50,000 Arvanitika speakers in all of Greece. It puts the estimated number of Epirus Albanophones at 10,000. Even today, he â¦  In the mid-19th century, Johann Georg von Hahn estimated their number in Greece between 173,000 and 200,000. In: C. Vallini (ed.). You see, back during the twelfth century, China was invaded from the north, and the young Yue Fei (pronounced yweh-fay) faced a dilemma. Although the world of the ancient Greeks is long past, it lives on in the stirring tales of Greek mythology. Albanians first reached Thessaly, then Attica, and finally the Peloponnese. The main waves of migration into southern Greece started around 1300, reached a peak some time during the 14th century, and ended around 1600. Negative views are perceptions that Albanian immigrants are "communists" arriving from a "backward country", or an opportune people with questionable morals, behaviors and a disrespect for religion. But she is perhaps best known for vowing to marry the first man who could beat her in a footrace.  In recent times, Arvanites had only very imprecise notions about how related or unrelated their language was to Albanian.  These words in Arvanitika have their related counterpart in the pejorative term shqa used by Northern Albanians for Slavs. , During the 20th century, after the creation of the Albanian nation-state, Arvanites in Greece have come to dissociate themselves much more strongly from the Albanians, stressing instead their national self-identification as Greeks. Later, during the 1950s, 1960s, and early 1970s, especially during the years of the military junta (1967–74), their lot was undermined once more as the Greek language, and especially katharevousa during the junta, was actively and forcibly imposed by the government as the language of Greek nationality and identity.  The theory created a counter discourse that aimed to give the Arvanites a positive image in Greek history by claiming the Arvanites as the ancestors and relations of contemporary Greeks and their culture.  Arvanite males on the Greek mainland wore the fustanella, a pleated like skirt garment or kilt, while those who lived on some Aegean islands wore baggy breeches of the seafaring Greeks. Greece has thousands years so there isn't just one person to be considered as a national hero. Hercules died after his wife, jealous that he might have another lover, smeared a tunic with deadly centaur's blood, the pain of which drive Hercules to kill himself. With the formation of modern nations and nation-states in the Balkans, Arvanites have come to be regarded as an integral part of the Greek nation. The Territorial Factor, Vossiuspers UvA, Amsterdam, 2001, p. 260, table 12.1", "Shqiptar–The generalization of this ethnic name in the XVIII century", Ethnologue (2005). "Maniot folk culture and the ethnic mosaic in the southeast Peloponnese". Athanassopoulou, Angélique (2005), "'Nos Albanais à nous': Travailleurs émigrés dans une communauté arvanite du Péloponnèse" ["'Our own Albanians': Migrant workers in a Peloponnese Arvanitic community"]. , Traditional Arvanite folk songs offer valuable information about social values and ideals of Arvanitic societies. Trudgill, Peter, George A. Tzavaras (1977): "Why Albanian-Greeks are not Albanians: Language shift in Attika and Biotia."  Other Arvanites during the late 1980s and early 1990s expressed solidarity with Albanian immigrants, due to linguistic similarities and being politically leftist. After throwing flaming spears at the beast, the Hydra attacks so Heracles hits its heads with a club, but more grow in their place!  The last official census figures available come from 1951. Hercules received the honor of being brought to live among the gods on Mount Olympus. Botsi (2003: 90); Lawrence (2007: 22; 156). ), Ο ελληνισμός στον 19ο αιώνα: ιδεολογίες και αισθητικές αναζητήσεις.  The Arvanite revival of the Pelasgian theory has also been recently borrowed by other Albanian speaking populations within and from Albania in Greece to counter the negative image of their communities. In Eicher, Joanne. These legends initially oral, then written stories have been handed down from generation to generation. , Amongst the wider Greek speaking population however, the Arvanites and their language Arvanitika were viewed in past times in a derogatory manner. Although Greek heroes were overwhelmingly men, there's one woman that deserves a place in this list: Atalanta. The great general Yue Fei is a symbol of loyalty. In: K.-D. Grothusen (ed.). With divine assistance, Bellerophon succeeded in riding the horse and set out to slay the chimera that menaced Lycia. Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Kellan Lutz, Gaia Weiss, Scott Adkins, Roxanne McKee. Bakaoukas, Michael. , Women held a relatively strong position in traditional Arvanitic society. In: K. Tsitselikis, D. Christopoulos (eds. "Markusse Jan, Territoriality in national minority arrangements: European-wide legal standards and practices, in Gertjan Dijkink & Hans Knippenberg (eds.) He encountered a number of adventures along the way, including facing down harpies, dragons, and sirens. The alternative name Albanians may ultimately be etymologically related, but is of less clear origin (see Albania (toponym)). Bellerophon is known for his capturing and taming the wild winged stallion Pegasus, something said to be impossible. Orpheus went to the Underworld to retrieve his wife, Eurydice, who had died of snakebite. ["Compatriots, doorguards and guests: investigating the 'periphery' of the Greek and the Albanian nation during the 19th century"] In: P. Voutouris and G. Georgis (eds. A phenomenological view of language shift. They settled in southern Greece during the late Middle Ages and were the dominant population element in parts of the Peloponnese, Attica and Boeotia until the 19th century. The English language alone has thousands of words with Greek roots. Arvanitika proper is said to include the outlying dialects spoken in Thrace. Theseus. But people who had committed unthinkable crimes were also called heroes; Oedipus and Medea, for example, received divine worship after their deaths as well. The apical ancestor was a warlord and the phara was named after him. Brown and Yannis Hamilakis, eds.. Breu, Walter (1990): "Sprachliche Minderheiten in Italien und Griechenland" ["Linguistic minorities in Italy and Greece"]. French ethnographic map of the Balkan Peninsula, 1898. Stories of Jason, Heracles, Perseus and Odysseus all took place during the great 4th Age of Man, roughly 3,600-3,100 years ago, for a period that stretched for about six generations. The Hero: Heracles The Battle: In a swamp creeps a deadly nine-headed serpent called the Hydra. This trend was prevalent mostly during the Greek military junta of 1967–1974.. Cadmus married Harmonia, daughter of Ares, but suffered from guilt for having slain the war god's dragon. Many of the names of ancient god-like heroes will be familiar. After failing in his quest to find his sister Europa, he wandered the land. "Those speakers of Arvanitika who were living in or near the capital came under greater criticism since their presence allegedly embodied the infection that contaminated the purity of the ethnic heritage. Betrayed by his stepfather, the King, and exiled and sold into slavery because of a forbidden love, Hercules must use his formidable powers to fight his way back to his rightful kingdom. Some of these labors include slaying the nine-headed hydra, stealing the girdle of the Amazonian queen Hippolyta, taming Cerberus, and slaying the Nemean lion. Kyra to Ro is known as a Greek national hero, especially when Greece nearly went to war with Turkey in the 1970s, because the Greek flag was easily visible from Turkish soil, which is only a footstep away but Kira tis Ro didnât hesitate, she made sure she stood proud every morning, raising her beloved Greek flag. He was also known for his intelligence and wit, and would help Zeus with his important decisions. In: A. Duszak, U. Okulska (eds.). D Tsitsipis, L., 2004. The Centaur seems to be submissive to her, which is a representation of the Centaurâs uncontrolled passion for beautiful women. Unlike the southern Arvanites, these speakers are reported to use the name Shqiptarë both for themselves and for Albanian nationals, although these communities also espouse a Greek national identity nowadays. The Life Guide Recommended for you. George Gordon Byron, 6th Baron Byron, dies in what is now Greece, where he had traveled to support the Greek struggle for independence from Turkey. 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