Through the eyes of Lord Byron’s


Perhaps the most famous philhellene, the man who died in Messolonghi trying to support the Greek independence fight against the Ottoman Empire in every way, was George Gordon Byron, better known as Lord Byron. The British Romantic poet writes of Dodona:

«Oh! where, Dodona! is thine aged grove,
Prophetic fount, and oracle divine?

What valley echo’ d the response of Jove?
What trace remaineth of the Thunderer’s shrine?
All, all forgotten – and shall man repine
That his frail bonds to fleeting life are broke?
Cease, fool! the fate of gods may well be thine:
Wouldst thou survive the marble or the oak?
When nations, tongues, and worlds must sink beneath the stroke!»

(Childe Harold, II, 53)