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  • Gennadius Library Closed December 15, 2014 to January 2, 2015
  • The Gennadius Library will be closed to the public from December 15, 2014 to January 2, 2015 due to construction. Due to the reconstruction of the West Wing of the Gennadius Library, the operation of the reading room will be disrupted from December 15, 2014 until February 10, 2015.
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Adamantios Koraes

Adamantios Koraes (1748-1833) was one of the most prominent intellectual figures of the Greek national revival in the first decades of the 19th century. During this period, there were no fewer than four different Greek languages in use: classical Greek, medieval Greek used in the churches, the modern speech of the educated classes, and the modern vernacular of the mainly-illiterate masses. Koraes felt that the first requisite for the development of national solidarity and consciousness was a common language and he furthered the Greek Revolution by issuing popular editions of the classics. The Gennadius Library collection includes almost all editions of these volumes, and a wide selection of secondary literature about Koraes.