Program Details

Victory or Death: The Inspiring, Odds-Defying Story of Greece's Independence From Ottoman Rule (rescheduled to March 14)

Daphne Nikolopoulos

Course Description

This year marks the 200th anniversary of Greece's independence from 400 years of Ottoman rule. After the fall of Constantinople in the 15th century, the Ottoman Empire ruled the Balkans, including Greece, with an iron fist, denying the Greeks intellectual and religious freedom. The Greeks, fiercely independent people, organized into resistance groups and led several uprisings, most of which were quashed but gave them fuel for the fight. In this lecture, we will look at the history of Greece prior to Ottoman rule, the oppression of this 400-year period and how it altered the Greek intellectual and cultural landscape, and the brave, fascinating characters who fought on behalf of independence.

About the Instructor

  • Daphne Nikolopoulos, MFA is a journalist, editor, and author. She has written the  international best-seller "The Tenth Saint," which was awarded the Gold Medal for popular fiction at the Florida Book Awards, as well as several other historical thrillers. Her historical novel, "The Judgement," won a national bronze medal from Independent Publishers and first place in the Royal Palm Literary Awards. The editor in chief of "Palm Beach Illustrated" magazine and editorial director of Palm Beach Media Group, Daphne earned a master's of fine arts degree  from the University of California, Riverside.