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Konstantinos Zappas
Konstantinos Zappas
(Greek: Κωνσταντίνος Ζάππας 1814–1892) was a Greek entrepreneur and national benefactor. Together with his cousin Evangelos Zappas, he played an essential role in the revival of the Olympic Games.[1] Zappas was born in 1814 in the village of Labova e Madhe
Labova e Madhe
(Mega Lambovo), between Gjirokastër
Gjirokastër
(Argyrokastro) and Tepelenë, in today's Albania, then in the Ottoman Empire. After the death of Evangelis Zappas he became the executor of his cousin’s legacy and the ongoing revival of the Olympic Games. He was appointed manager of the Olympic Committee that organised the so-called Zappas Olympics, a Greek athletic festival held in 1859, 1870 and 1875 and forerunner of the modern international Olympics. In 1881, he bought extended field areas in Thessaly
Thessaly
and the following years contributed to the building of the Zappeion
Zappeion
building in Athens, which was officially opened on 28 October 1888. Moreover, a number of Greek schools and educational facilities were built with his personal financial support including the female schools in Constantinople (Istanbul),[2] in his hometown Labovë, as well as in a number of towns in Epirus
Epirus
(Tepelene, Delvine) and Thessaly. Many students benefited from his scholarship for post-graduate studies in Western Europe (mostly in the scientific field of agriculture). He died in 1892 in Mantes-la-Jolie, France. On his death the Romanian government seized all of his assets and capital that were still in Romania causing a noted international law case at that time and his cousin Evangelis Zappas was often incorrectly cited as his brother. There was also land and money in Greece that Konstantinos left to the Greek government. Baron Pierre de Coubertin
Baron Pierre de Coubertin
together with A. Mercatis, a close friend of Konstantinos, encouraged the Greek government to put in some of that legacy to fund the Athens
Athens
1896 Olympic Games in addition to the legacy of Evangelis Zappas.[3] The statues of Konstantinos and his cousin Evangelis Zappas are situated in front of the Zappeion. References[edit] Citations[edit]

^ Rühl 2004, pp. 3–16. ^ Ruches 1967. ^ Young 1996, p. 117; Martens 1893; Streit 1894.

Sources[edit]

Martens, Fedor Fedorovich (1893). Memoire sur le conflit entre la Grece et la Roumanie concernant l'affaire Zappa (in French). Athens.  Ruches, Pyrrhus J. (1967). Albanian Historical Folksongs, 1716–1943: A Survey of Oral Epic Poetry from Southern Albania, with Original Texts. Chicago, IL: Argonaut Incorporated.  Rühl, Joachim K. (2004). "Olympic Games Before Coubertin". In Findling, John E.; Pelle, Kimberly D. Encyclopedia of the Modern Olympic Movement. Westport, CT: Greenwood Publishing Group. pp. 3–16. ISBN 978-0-313-32278-5.  Streit, Georges (1894). L'affaire Zappa: Conflit Gréco-Roumain (in French). Paris: L. Larose.  Young, David C. (1996). The Modern Olympics - A Struggle for Revival. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0-8018-5374-5. 

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(Qestorat) Acroceraunian School (Himara) Dhuvjan Monastery
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(Dropull) Bangas Gymnasium
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Omonoia Panepirotic Federation of America Panepirotic Federation of Australia Unity for Human Rights Party

Individuals

Benefactors: Alexandros Vasileiou Apostolos Arsakis Evangelos and Konstantinos Zappas Ioannis Pangas Georgios and Simon Sinas Alexandros and Michael Vasileiou Christakis Zografos Literature: Theodore Kavalliotis Katina Papa Konstantinos Skenderis Takis Tsiakos Tasos Vidouris Stavrianos Vistiaris Andreas Zarbalas Politics: Vasil Bollano Georgios Christakis-Zografos Vangjel Dule Spiro Ksera Military/Resistance: Kyriakoulis Argyrokastritis Panos Bitsilis Dimitrios Doulis Konstantinos Lagoumitzis Zachos Milios Athanasios Pipis Ioannis Poutetsis Vasileios Sachinis Spyromilios Spyros Spyromilios Sports: Pyrros Dimas Sotiris Ninis Panajot Pano Leonidas Sabanis Andreas Tatos Clergy: Photios Kalpidis Vasileios of Dryinoupolis Panteleimon Kotokos Eulogios Kourilas Lauriotis

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