“Greek sailors in the first round of the Earth” in the crew of Magellan


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The only ship that managed to return from the daring operation three years later, some of the survivors were Greeks.

The new book by Hellenist Pedro Olalla entitled “Greek sailors on the first round of the Earth” was published by Estia editions, which refers to the unknown story of the Greek sailors who participated in the crew of ships with which Magellan attempted the dangerous journey 500 years ago.

Few Spaniards – and also some Greeks – know that on the only ship that managed to return from the daring operation three years later, some of the survivors were Greeks. Among them, the navigator who brought him back to the port and who documented his unpublished itinerary.

This is a bilingual edition (Greek and Spanish) which includes the text of the lecture that the Spanish Hellenist and author Pedro Olalla gave in Greek at the historic “Housing of Spain” of the Knights of St. Jean in Rhodes, on the occasion of the inauguration of the Monument in honor of the Greek sailors who participated in the First Circumnavigation of the Earth.

The conference was commissioned by the Spanish Embassy in Greece and the Cervantes Institute in Athens and was based on research by historians Ioannis Hasiotis, Juan Hill and Inigo Albo.

Pedro Olalla (Asturias, Spain, 1966) is a writer, Hellenist, teacher, translator and filmmaker. His literary and audiovisual works study and promote Greek culture. They are distinguished by the strong personal idiom of the creator, which is combined with literary, scientific and artistic elements.

For all his work and for his contribution to the promotion of Greek culture, he was appointed Ambassador of Hellenism by the Greek State, Knight of the Order of Citizenship by the Spanish State and Associate Member of the Center for Greek Studies from Harvard University. He lives in Greece and has been honored with other important distinctions.

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