on Pericles Giannopoulos

Pericles Giannopoulos was a prominent figure of Greek Romantic Nationalism who committed suicide in a graphic manner in 1910. Due to the amount of ridiculous arguments and hysterical language, Giannopoulos’ attempt to create a genealogy of greekness classifies him as a figure of cult stature rather than a serious intellectual. Nevertheless, his writings have inspired some of the most influential thinkers that shaped the notion of greekness in the 20th century. My research on his work and the performativity of his suicide was first published in a book edited by Panos Sklavenitis in the context of Actopolis, a project run by Goethe Institut in 2016. This work has also been the starting point for a performance piece presented in Hydra, in 2018.