Alexandros Pallis

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Alexandros Pallis was a Greek writer, poet and literary translator of the late 19th and early 20th century.

Pallis was born in Piraeus, Greece, in 1851, to a family that hailed from Ioannina, Epirus. He never met his father who died before he was born. His widowed mother moved the family to Athens where Pallis completed High School. In 1869, he started his university studies at the school of Philosophy, University of Athens but was forced to abandon his studies, migrate to Manchester, England and work for his uncle.

In 1894, Pallis moved to Liverpool where he resided until his death. At this point, he started writing poetry and prose in the every-day demotic version of Greek. He also translated works such as Homer's Iliad and Odyssey into modern Greek.

His best known work, however, was the translation of the New Testament into modern Greek which was published in Athens daily "Acropolis" from September 9 until October 20 of 1901. This translation set off riots by the conservative opponents of the translation of the Scriptures which came to be known as "The Evangelical Events".

Pallis died in Liverpool in 1935.

His works


  • Τραγουδάκια για παιδιά (Ditties for Children) - 1889
  • Ταμπουράς και Κόπανος - 1907


  • Αντιγόνη (Antigone) - 1879
  • Η περίφημη ιστορία του Εμπόρου της Βενετίας (The Merchant of Venice) - 1894
  • Η Νέα Διαθήκη (The New Testament) - 1902
  • Η Ιλιάδα (The Iliad) - 1904
  • Ο Κύκλωπας (The Cyclops) - 1906
  • Βλάχικα λαϊκά τραγούδια (Popular Vlach songs) - 1907
  • Ερρίκος ο Δ' (Henry IV) - published 1961

General Works

  • Κούφια Καρύδια (Hollow Walnuts) - 1915