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Dionysios Solomos

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'''Dionysios Solomos''' (greek: Διονύσιος Σολωμός) ([[1798]]-[[1857]]) was a [[Greece|Greek]] poet from [[Zakynthos]]. He is best known for writing the poem "[[Hymn to Freedom]]" (''Imnos pros tin Eleftherian'') in [[1823]], of which the first two [[stanza]]s stanzas became the Greek [[national anthem]]. Tradition has it that the poem was inspired by the Siege of [[Mesolonghi]] during the Greek [[War of Independence]].
He was born in [[1798]] to a wealthy family, and in [[1808]] he went to Italy, where he studied law. After 10 years he returned to [[Zakynthos]] with a solid background in literature. Solomos became famous as a poet during this time, while still a young man.

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