"Run onto the waves of the formidable sea" 1821. The War at Sea


The Eugenides Foundation and the General State Archives co-organized and successfully completed the exhibition entitled "Run on the waves of the formidable sea" 1821. The War at Sea.

Through 125 archival documents, museum relics (many of which were presented for the first time) and innovative digital technologies, the exhibition presented the Greek history that is intertwined with the sea, the epoch of the Greek Revolution of 1821, along with the martial mastery and the Greeks' ability in maritime trade.

This exhibition highlighted the contribution and role of the merchant and naval fleet and the iconic naval figures in the successful outcome of the Greek Revolution, following the historical events from the pre-revolutionary years until the Battle of Navarino in 1827.

Visitors had the opportunity to see archives, documents and objects from the General State Archives collection, the largest collection of archival material about the War of Independence. Documents and objects had also been kindly loaned by the Archivio di Stato di Napoli and the family collection of Dimitris and Androniki Kostopoulos.

Innovative digital applications complete the visitor experience. The Battle of Navarino is represented through digital models and virtual walkthroughs on historic ships, developed by the NAVS Project team under the guidance of the School of Naval Engineering, National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and the Eugenides Foundation. The Institute of Information and Communication Technologies (IPTIL) also created digital and virtual applications as part of the EPANASTASIS 1821 Project.

The Scientific co-ordinator of the exhibition was Mr. Nikos Karapidakis, President of the General State Archives and Professor of History. The exhibition script and texts made by the Historical research advisor of the Exhibition Mrs. Gelina Harlaftis, Director of the Institute of Mediterranean Studies (IMs-FORTH) and Professor of Maritime History. The impressive exhibition setting was designed and constructed by “Architectonofilia”. The original score of the exhibition “Thus death lost sovereignty” is composed by electronic music composer Dimitris Petsetakis.

The exhibition ran from 9 June 2021 to 29 May 2022 with free admission. Despite the restrictions imposed by the pandemic, the exhibition had 10,000 visitors and 21,000 online visitors using all the material (Exhibition’s Digital Catalogue, Special Edition of the Captain G. Sahinis War Diaries, and podcasts) that created for this Exhibition.  In addition, more than 2,000 students attended the educational programs, and 250 organized guided tours were carried out.

The Eugenides Foundation and the General State Archives offer you the opportunity to download the catalogue of the exhibition here.