Wednesday, 18 February 2009

Great Greeks: why aren't I on the list?

Thank God I was born a man and not a beast
A man and not a woman

And a Greek and not a barbarian.


Skai TV in Greece has presented the first part of its programme, Great Greeks, from 51-100, as voted by the public. The top fifty Greeks will be revealed next week.

The programme got off to a bad start when someone mentioned Costas Simitis in the same breath as Pericles, and didn't get much better with, among many other shockers, Vangelis coming in at 66, 25 places ahead of Vasillis Tsitsanis and 23 ahead of Markos Vamvakaris!! How perverse and stupid is that? What kind of dumb fuck reckons Vangelis is the Greatest Greek who’s ever lived? And how come Philip the Great only came in at 96, while Otto the Bavarian was 65 and the dictator Giorgos Papadopoulos made it in at 62? Hellenic humour, no doubt.

There were a couple of Great Greeks on last night's 51-100 list who I'd never heard of: Eleni Mouzoula (95) the Cypriot pianist; and Nikolaos Margiris – 'the Patriarch of Greek Occultism' – (60). I haven't appeared on the list yet, which is a surprise since, in all Hellenic modesty, I believe myself to be the Greatest Greek who's ever lived.

All kidding aside, next week we can expect to see the dreadful Melina Mercouri on the list as well as the merchant Aristotle Onassis and, worst of all, Konstantinos Karamanlis (the uncle, not the nephew). If KK comes anywhere near the top, then I will renounce my membership of the Hellenic race and put myself up for ethnic auction on ebay.

Great Greeks is based on the BBC series, Great Britons (sic), on TV over here a couple of years ago, the winner of which, if I remember rightly, was Lady Di, with Victoria Beckham in second place.

Anyway, to watch the first part of Great Greeks (76-100) go here, and for 51-75 go here.

The list from 51-100 is as follows:
100. Praxiteles
99. Thales
98. Laskarina Bouboulina
97. Dimitris Horn
96. Philip the Great
95. Eleni Mouzoula
94. Manolis Glezos
93. Manos Loizos
92. Pyrrhos Dimas
91. Vasillis Tsitsanis
90. Grigoris Lambrakis
89. Markos Vamvakaris
88. Aliki Vougouklaki
87. Katina Paxinou
86. Eleni Glykatzi-Ahrweiler
85. Thanassis Vengos
84. Herodotus
83. Lakis Lazopoulos
82. Justinian the Great
81. Karolos Kuhn
80. Euripides
79. Harilaos Florakis
78. Stelios Kazantzidis
77. Nikos Xylouris
76. Theodoros Angelopoulos
75. Dimitris Mitropoulos
74. Nikolaos Plastiras
73. Kostas Simitis
72. Ion Dragoumis
71. Constantine the Great
70. Basil II, the Bulgar-slayer
69. Aeschylus
68. Cleisthenes
67. Solon
66. Vangelis
65. King Otto
64. Alexandros Papadiamantis
63. Epikouros
62. Giorgos Papadopoulos
61. Alexandros Panagoulis
60. Nikolaos Margiris
59. Giorgos Papandreou (the pappou, not the current version)
58. Cornelius Castoriadis
57. Nikos Belayannis
56. Sophocles
55. Manolis Andronikos
54. Cosmas of Aetolia
53. Kostis Palamas
52. Aristophanes
51. Pheidias

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