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1899-1900. Back to Athens

The return after the athlete’s imprisonment in Rhodes

“I am deeply suspicious of those who advertise their happiness.”

Malvina Karali

Panagis returned to Athens after an absence of two years during which he was imprisoned on the isle of Rhodes. The Ottoman state circumventing every concept of law and under a stupid pretext, arrested and imprisoned the Greek athlete. The real reason for Coutalianos’ imprisonment was, of course, none other than the outbreak of the war between Greece and Turkey on the Thessalian border. In the article that follows, the Greek athlete is praised and his arrival in the capital of Greece is welcomed. The author of the article chooses to remain anonymous and therefore signs as “the curious”. The article entitled “The New Hercules” praises the action of the Greek athlete and welcomes him to Athens.

September 18, 1899
The Hadrian’s Gate in Athens as depicted in a photograph taken in 1900. The gate is located in front of the archaeological site of the Columns of Olympian Zeus. Right next to this point was the theater of “Olympia”. In this theater, which no longer exists today, the athlete had given several of his performances.
The great Greek journalist and scholar Dimitris Coromilas was editor-in-chief and publisher of the newspaper “Efimeris” from which the above publication comes.
The “Ebros” newspaper, in a historical retrospective, republishes an earlier announcement of Coutalianos’ performance at the “Athineon” theater dated April 16, 1900.
Indicative map of Coutalianos movements during the period
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