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Angelos Sikelianos

and the Delphic Idea

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Angelos Sikelianós, born on Lefkada in 1884, was as romantically handsome as a lyric poet should be.

Greek poet Angelos Sikelianos (1884-1951).

Although he followed his parents’ wishes by going to law school in Athens, he left after a couple of years to join a theatre company with two of his sisters, Helen and Penelope. Penelope married the brother of Isadora Duncan, and through him Sikelianós met his own American spouse, Eva.

Portrait photo of Eva Palmer-Sikelianos

All shared an interest in recreating the mythic passion and power of ancient Greece, in active artistic expression.

Sikelianós did his part by writing startling lyrical poetry, infused with Dionysian mysticism, yearning to join the world of the gods to the world of men. In the 1920s, Sikelianós and Eva came up with the idea of reviving the ‘Delphic Idea’ of the arts, in the same spirit as the revival of the Olympics.

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Sidelights and Myths

Text © Dana Facaros

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