August 4th, 1865 – By official decree, the Hymn to Liberty becomes the official Greek National Anthem

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The lyrics for the anthem come from the epic 158-stanza poem by Dionysios Solomos in 1823.

The first 2 stanzas of the poem, were set to the music of composer Nikolaos Mantzaros and became the National anthem of Greece and later of Cyprus.

Ύμνος εις την Ελευθερίαν

Σε γνωρίζω από την κόψη
Του σπαθιού την τρομερή,
Σε γνωρίζω από την όψη,
Που με βιά μετράει τη γη.

Απ’ τα κόκκαλα βγαλμένη
Των Ελλήνων τα ιερά,
Και σαν πρώτα, ανδρειωμένη,
Χαίρε, ω χαίρε, ελευθεριά!

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August 4th, 1865 – By official decree, the Hymn to Liberty becomes the official Greek National Anthem