Alexandros Moraitidis


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moraitidis_1Alexandros Moraitidis was born in Skiathos on 15th October 1850. He completed his primary school studies and the first two grades of the Hellenic school in Skiathos. In 1866 he went to Athens where he completed the Hellenic school (a school between primary and high school), in 1871 he graduated from Varvakio High School and he enrolled in the Faculty of Philosophy in the University of Athens. In 1872 he became a regular member of the literary group "Parnasos" while in 1874 he started his journalistic career. In 1880 he was appointed in moraitidis_2a teaching position in Varvakio and in 1881 he was named a Doctor of philosophy with the grade "very Good". In 1886 he received the medal of the silver cross of the Saviour. He travelled repeatedly to the holy land, to Constantinople and to Agio Oros (Mount of Athos). In 1901 he got married to Angeliki Foulaki in Athens.

moraitidis_3In 1921 he received the national distinction of Arts and Letters and in January 1928 he became a chaired member of the Academy of Athens. His greeting letter to the President of the Academy was his only contact since he did not participate in any conference or meeting. In 1929 in Skiathos he became a high-ranking priest and was named Andronikos. In October in the same year he got ill and died in the afternoon of 25th October 1929. His funeral was held the next day and G. Rigas delivered a very warm funeral oration. Moraitidis cultivated all form of literature and his work was inspired and characterised by a particular lyricism, deep religiousness as well as love for Skiathos.

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