The “prose poet” according to Kostis Palamas, is among the
most important literary figures of modern Greece.
Alexandros Papadiamantis was born in Skiathos on the 4th of
March 1851, the son of Adamantios Emmanouil, a priest and
Aggeliki née Moraitidi, of noble decent.
He first went to school in his island but had to continue his
education when he was 14 in Skopelos, as there was no such
option in Skiathos at the time. His high school years where
challenging, mostly because of his family’s poverty, but he
managed to study in Chalkida. He then continued his studies
in Piraeus but he didn’t complete them and he returned to
Alexandros Moraitidis was born in Skiathos on the 15th of
He starts his education in Skiathos and, in 1866, he goes
to Athens to continue studying. In 1871, he enrols in the
School of Philosophy of the University of Athens. In 1872, he
becomes a regular member of the Parnassos Literary Society,
while in 1874 he starts dabbling in journalism. He is employed
as a professor in the Varvakeio School in 1880 and in 1881 he
becomes a Doctor of Philosophy.
In 1886, he is awarded the medal of the Silver Cross by the
Order of the Redeemer. Moraitidis made multiple trips to
the Holy Land, Constantinople and the Holy Mount Athos. In
1901, he got married to Aggeliki Foulaki in Athens. In 1921, he
received the national commendation of arts and letters and, in
1928, he became president of the Academy of Athens.