The Arta’s Peta Association, in collaboration with the Philhellenism Museum, organize an event dedicated to the battle of Peta and Philhellenism.

The event has been put under the auspices of the Hellenic Parliament Foundation.

10 December 2022, 19.00

Municipal Theater of Kallithea

123 Kremou & Filaretou, Kallithea

The program of the event follows.







The Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP) co-organized with the Municipality of Nikolaos Skoufas-Peta, the ceremony for the 200th anniversary of the historic battle of Peta. SHP participated with a keynote speaker, an honorary ceremony of 10 Philhellenes re-enactors, and the Dresden Philhellenic choir, which was conducted in the 19th century by the German Philhellene Elster, who participated as a volunteer in the battle of Peta. During the event, SHP honored Paul Graf von Normann-Ehrenfels, a descendant of the great German Philhellene General Normann, the leader of the Greek Regular army in the battle of Peta, with the Lord Byron Medal.


On the occasion of the visit of the Belgian royal family to Greece, the SHP and the Philhellenism Museum remind that many Belgian Philhellenes supported the Greek Revolution.

The most important of these was Augustin De Lannoy, who took part in many battles. The last one was in Karystos. He died a little later injured in Andros.

You will find his biography here.

Moreover, the arms industry of Liege (one of the best in the 19th century), sent weapons to Greece on the initiative of Belgian Philhellenic committees.

Pistols from Liege (SHP collection / Philhellenism Museum)

The missions were funded by fundraisers and proceeds from concerts in favor of the Greeks.

Programme of June 3, 1826, of one of the many concerts that took place in Belgium in favor of the Greeks. The aim of these events was to raise money for the financial support of the Greeks, and to promote the rights of Greece (SHP collection / Philhellenism Museum).

More information can be found here.

The coat of arms of the first Regular Army of Greece.

The Philhellenism Museum enriched its collections with a very rare object.  

The coat of arms of the first Regular Army of Greece which participated in the Greek Revolution.  

The Regular Army of Greece was founded in 1821 on the initiative of Dimitrios Ypsilantis, by the Philhellene French officer Joseph Baleste who undertook its training. Then, in 1822, German General Normann took command, leading the expedition to Epirus, Kompoti and Peta. Later, the Regular Army was taken over by Colonel Fabvier.  

The Regular Army was attended by Greeks from the diaspora and the Ionian Islands, and mainly volunteer Philhellenes from all over the world. The Regular Army was always on the front line on all battlefields and contributed decisively to the liberation of Greece.  

The coat of arms is made of bronze and has a diameter of 11.5 cm. The figure of goddess Athena dominates imposingly and confirms that Greece owes its freedom to the classical education of the western world. 


On the occasion of the visit of the Prime Minister of Finland, the SHP and the Philhellenism Museum remind that the two countries have a long history of cooperation of more than 200 years, based on common cultural values.

Many Philhellenes from Sweden and Finland served in the Greek army during the Greek Revolution.

The most important of these was Augustus Maximilian Myhrberg. He participated in many battles as a key member of the Greek cavalry, an aid de camp of Fabvier and in the end he took over the command of Palamidi in Nafplio. He was honored with recognitions and medals from Greece and received a pension for his contribution.

His full biography can be found here.

During such a difficult time for international peace, the two countries reaffirm their solidarity and commitment to the principles of the European Union.


Portrait of the Finnish – Swedish Philhellene Augustus Maximilian Myhrberg (SHP collection, Philhellenism Museum)


Medal of the Finnish – Swedish Philhellene Augustus Maximilian Myhrberg (SHP, Philhellenism Museum)

SHP and the Philhellenism Museum honor the thousands of Philhellenes who offered valuable services from Europe and the USA to Greece during the Greek War of Independence and fought for its freedom. In 1821, Philhellenism laid new foundations for human rights, international solidarity and turned Greece to a beacon of Western civilization.

On April 19, Greeks and Philhellenes honor the great romantic poet Lord Byron, who first envisioned that “Greece might still be free again” and the thousands of volunteers who sacrificed their lives on the battlefields and in the Greek seas.

The Philhellenism Museum has formed a group of enactors who wear the exact uniforms of Philhellenes of the time and carry their authentic weapons.

The uniforms and weapons are part of the Museum’s collection and are exhibited in it.

The photos are by the photographer Elias Pergantis.

Admission to the Museum is free.

Philhellenism Museum

Zisimopoulou 12, 11524, Athens

For information:


Tel. 210-8094750



On January 22, 2022 we celebrate 234 years from the birth of Lord Byron. Τhe Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP) implemented a digital exhibition project of the Philhellenism Museum’s collection, which includes personal objects and art related to the emblematic Philhellene, romantic poet and fighter for the freedom of Greece and the values ​​of Western culture.

The exhibition presents 123 personal objects, rare specimens of Byronic art, portraits of the main protagonists of a close circle of people, presenting alone or through 4 different stories, the emblematic Lord Byron, the admiration that he inspired internationally during his time, and his contribution to the liberation of Greece.

The digitized collection is available at the following link:

In addition, this project justifies the institution of the Lord Byron International Prize, launched by the Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP).

In this context, SHP presents a concert of classic music of philhellenic inspiration, from Megaron, in collaboration with the ‘’Friends of Music Association’’, dedicated to Lord Byron.

The artists who participated in the concert are:

Fani Antonelou, soprano

Ioannis Kalyvas, tenor

Maria Papapetropoulou, piano

Τhe concert is available at the following link:


Philhellenism Museum

12 Zisimopoulou

11524, Athens


Tel. 210-8094750

The member of the Advisory Committee of the Society for Hellenism and Philhellenism (SHP), Professor Costas Papailiou, participates in the online event «Swiss Philhellenism in the years of the struggle»

The event is organized by the Association of Greek Scientists of Switzerland.

The event will take place on Tuesday, January 18, 2022 at 18.30 (CET), through the online Zoom platform:

Τhe participants are the following:

Dionysis Lianos: Interpretation of the term «Philhellenism» at the end of the 18th – beginning 19th century – The historical context

Georgios Gekos: Swiss Philhellenism – The Development in the Years of 1821

Konstantinos Papailiou: Known and unknown Swiss Philhellenes of 1821


The 6th episode of the TV series SKAI “1821: the Heroes”, is broadcasted on Friday, November 5, 2021, at 21.00, and presents the story of two emblematic Philhellenes. The shooting took place at the Philhellenism Museum, which supported the production with the necessary interventions and archival material.

Lord Byron, the romantic English poet inspired by the Greek struggle, and Dr Samuel Howe, the American physician who starred during the revolution, are the two faces of the Greek War of Independence featured in the 6th and final episode of the dramatic documentary series ‘’1821: the Heroes’’. Antonis Karathanassopoulos and Spyros Stamoulis play Lord Byron and Samuel Howe respectively.

The episode presents the life of Lord Byron through his travels in Greece which was the source of inspiration for many poems. The way he embraced the Greeks and their struggle, his participation to the philhellenic committees, his effort to unite the Greeks in a just manner, and finally his last trip to Messolonghi which was fatal for him but highlighted Greece and its struggle. Similarly, Dr Samuel Howe, coming from Harvard, did not hesitate to follow Greek fighters in their campaigns and offer his medical services and later to organize a humanitarian aid. Informing America for the revolution, he manages to raise a large sum of money and participates in the organization of infrastructure in the newly formed state. Through these two persons we underline the selfless offering and sacrifices of many foreigners and we define what a Philhellene really means.

Watch the trailer of the episode here:







SHP and the Philhellenism Museum collaborated for the implementation of the new emblematic production of SKAI, offering material and photographs of the Museum’s exhibits and allocating its spaces for shooting.

One of the episodes refers to two great Philhellenes. The British Lord Byron and the American Dr. Samuel Gridley Howe.

Premiere Friday 1/10/2021 at 21.00

You can watch the trailer of the series here:

This is a special TV proposal that will be completed in six episodes, with cinematic vision, well-documented, with high aesthetics and great actors and professionals in front of and behind the cameras. The top event of modern Greek history unfolds through the eyes of the heroes. The emblematic figures of the Greek Revolution, the course of their lives, their participation and contribution to the struggle. Historians-speakers present and analyze the general historical context in the years of the Revolution of 1821 and analyze aspects of the personality of each hero.

The script and direction are signed by Anies Sklavou and Stelios Tatakis and in the leading roles participate in order of appearance Leonidas Kakouris, Argyris Pantazaras, Theofania Papathoma, Errikos Litsis, Ifigenia Karamitrou, Anthropoulos Antonopoulos.