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Athens by Aivazovsky

The newspaper “Patris” (1933)

An intresting interview

“Genius… is the capacity to see ten things where the ordinary man sees one.”

Ezra Pound

In this chapter we quote a long interview granted to the “Patris” newspaper by Hellin Coutalianos, son of Panagis. This interview is a fairly reliable testimony, because Hellin obviously had many memories of his father. It is very interesting that most of the information he provides us through his interview is placed in time after 1885. In other words, Hellin does not give us descriptions of his father’s travels to the American continent before this date and that is normal, because he had not been born then. According to a very reliable source in the year 1913 (Oct.18, 1956 Nashua Telegraph), Hellin was 28 years old and his brother George was 30, so his descriptions do indeed coincide with his life experiences. Nevertheless, there are still those parts of the interview that seem to be inaccurate, but these are few and the text seems quite reliable.
The most important information that we collected from this text, are the various details regarding the tours made by Panagis Coutalianos in Russia, in Egypt as well as in various parts of Greece. Especially referring to the cities that Coutalianos visited in Russia, his son is a very detailed fact that helped a lot in our researches.

August 6, 1933. Prolegomena about the life, origin and family of Coutalianos.
August 6, 1933. Some episodes from the life of Coutalianos in Piraeus and Evia.
August 7, 1933. Coutalianos tours Chalkida, Samos and other parts of Greece and Asia Minor.
August 7, 1933
August 8, 1933.
Coutalianos in Cesme, Asia Minor. He visits his island after a long time.
August 9, 1933. Coutalianos fights and defeats a tiger.
August 10, 1933. Coutalianos fights and defeats a tiger.
August 11, 1933. Coutalianos is touring Romania and Bulgaria. Various episodes of his life.
August 12, 1933. Coutalianos in Braila and Nafplio.
August 13, 1933. Coutalianos in Tripoli, Peloponnese. Narrating various incidents from his stay in the city.
August 14, 1933. Coutalianos unwittingly terrifies a little girl. The outcome of a funny incident.
August 15, 1933. Coutalianos unwittingly terrifies a little girl. The outcome of a funny incident.
August 17, 1933. Coutalianos is in Corfu and a woman who admires him dedicates a poem to him. Italian wrestlers challenge him to fight against them in Trieste.
August 17, 1933
August 18, 1933. Coutalianos goes to Trieste to respond to the challenge of his opponents, but they disappear like mice.
August 19, 1933. Various incidents from Coutalianos’ stay in Trieste. New challenge from another wrestler.
August 20, 1933. Coutalianos is looking for his opponents from Trieste to Vienna.
August 21, 1933. A competitor appears. His name is Tourn and he is watching a performance by Coutalianos before the match between them.
August 22, 1933. The wrestler Tοurn disappears before the wrestling match against Coutalianos begins.
August 23, 1933. Coutalianos is looking for Tourn in Vienna.
August 23, 1933
August 24, 1933. Coutalianos returns to Piraeus.
August 26, 1933. Coutalianos is touring the Balkans.
August 27, 1933. Coutalianos is in Odessa.
August 28, 1933. The police commander publicly mocks Coutalianos and he in turn teaches him a valuable lesson.
August 29, 1933. The police commander publicly mocks Coutalianos and he in turn teaches him a good lesson.
August 31, 1933. Various episodes from Coutaliano’s performances in cities of the Russian empire.
September 1, 1933. Various episodes from Coutaliano’s performances in cities of the Russian empire.
September 2, 1933. Various episodes from Coutaliano’s performances in cities of the Russian empire.
September 4, 1933. Various episodes from Coutaliano’s performances in cities of the Russian empire.
September 5, 1933. Various episodes from Coutaliano’s performances in cities of the Russian empire.
September 6, 1933. Various episodes from Coutaliano’s performances in cities of the Russian empire.
September 7, 1933. Various episodes from Coutaliano’s performances in cities of the Russian empire.
September 8, 1933. Various episodes from Coutaliano’s performances in cities of the Russian empire.
September 8, 1933
September 9, 1933. Various episodes from Coutaliano’s performances in cities of the Russian empire.
September 10, 1933. Various episodes from Coutaliano’s performances in cities of the Russian empire.
September 11, 1933. Various episodes from Coutaliano’s performances in cities of the Russian empire.
September 12, 1933. Various episodes from Coutaliano’s performances in cities of the Russian empire.
September 13, 1933. Various episodes from Coutaliano’s performances in cities of the Russian empire.
September 14, 1933. Various episodes from Coutaliano’s performances in cities of the Russian empire.
September 15, 1933. Various episodes from Coutaliano’s performances in cities of the Russian empire.
September 17, 1933. Various episodes from Coutaliano’s performances in cities of the Russian empire.
September 18, 1933. Various episodes from Coutaliano’s performances in cities of the Russian empire.
September 19, 1933. Various episodes from Coutaliano’s performances in cities of the Russian empire. The Tsar invites Coutalianos to Saint Petersburg, but his invitation is rescinded the next day.
September 21, 1933. Coutalianos is in Constantinople.
September 23, 1933. Coutalianos is in Athens on the occasion of the organization of the first Olympic games.
September 25, 1933. Coutalianos is in Athens on the occasion of the organization of the first Olympic games. He is not treated by the state agencies in the way he expected and that is why he is disappointed. Coutalianos leaves Athens and begins to tour various cities in Greece.
September 26, 1933. Coutalianos tours the islands of the Southeast Aegean and Egypt.
September 28, 1933. Coutalianos tours the islands of the Southeast Aegean and Egypt.
October 1, 1933. Coutalianos returns to Piraeus.
October 4, 1933. Three incidents from the life of Coutalianos. The death of the great athlete.
The lyrics of the above song describe the hard life of sailors in the old days. We dedicate it to our readers, and we wish them good travels, like the ones we did following the giant Coutalianos with our minds.
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