Solomos Dionysios was a great Ionian lyricist and national poet. He was born in Zakynthos in 1798 and died in Corfu in 1857. He believed in the harmony of logic and emotion and never considered them incompatible. He studied in Italy. He returned to liberated Greece and at the age of 25 he cultivated and improved his Greek – which he spoke very badly – so as to leave the great poetic work that was admired by Greeks and foreigners. The Greek National Anthem is melodic verses from Solomos poem “Hymn to Freedom”.
Information from the book by Aristides Kesopoulos “THE NAME OF THE ROADS OF THESSALONIKI”, MALLIARIS – PAIDEIA SA publications.