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Εκεί η Ψυχή
εκεί βλέπει τι έχασε, τι
έχει, τι της
λόγια του δασκάλου
με μια φωνή
στο σκότη! Η
της αυγής το
αστέρι της νύχτας
το ξημέρωμα θα
- Ι. Πολέμης.
Background to Poem:
A poem about the secret schools that preserved Hellenism
during the cruel occupation of the Ottoman Turks. During the first two
hundred years of the occupation learning Greek was outlawed in the Ottoman
Empire. Greeks were thus forced to learn Greek in secret schools
taught often by monks or priests. For the preservation of the Greek
language and culture the Greek people owe a great deal to the Orthodox
Read a religious writing from St. Kosmas
of education" who was a leader in the fight for the education
of the youth during the Ottoman Occupation. He was a hero and martyr
of the modern Greek nation.