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Efrosini (Marou) Samartzidou

Efrosini (Marou) Samartzidou

Publisher of the first women's magazine in the Ottoman Empire

Date of Birth: 1820

Place of Birth: Skyros, Greece

Date of Death: 1877

Place of Death: Volos, Greece

Burial Site: Pammegiston Taksiarhon Mihail & Gavril Cemetery, Nea Ionia Volos, Greece

Topics

Gallery

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Field of Activity

Press

In 1845, on 1st of Mai Efrosini Samartzidou published Kypseli (Comb), the first magazine for Greek women to emerge during the Ottoman Empire. At the same time, Kypseli was the first women's magazine to be published during the Ottoman Empire.

Thirty-four issues of Kypseli, a monthly, were published. At the time, there were no schools for girls of Greek origin in the Ottoman Empire. In the magazine, space was given to articles designed to educate women so that they would be able to be good wives and mothers. Four years after Kypseli first appeared, a primary school was opened for the first time for impoverished Greek girls.

(Sula Bosis, İstanbullu Rumlar, Istanbul 2011, p.163)

Efrosini Samartzidou as poet
(Publications)
I teleftaia daimon (The Last Daimon) (1845)
Contribution to Bosporis (1900)
Collection of poetry (1857)
Eis tin dieti Elpinikin mou (To my two year old Elpiniki) in Journal Efterpi (1851)
H neotis (The youth) in Journal Efterpi (1853)
Odi poiitheisa eis tin Α. Μ. ton Soultanon Abdul-Metzit-Xan [...] (Ode to H.M. Sultan Abdul- Metzit- Xan [...]) (1851)
To mychion algos (The intimate pain) in Journal Efterpi (1854)

Awards

No information available

Memberships

No information available

Education

Arsakeia - Tositseia Schools. Private lessons for French.

Contributions to Society

No information available

Family and Friends

  • Mother:No information available
  • Father:No information available
  • Marriage:Spiridon Samartzidis (doctor)
  • Friends: George Zalokostas (poet), Giorgos Parasxos (poet), Marco Antonio Canini (Poet)

Commemorative Projects

Informational pages about Efrosini Samartzidou on the website of the project "Women Writers"

Further Reading

Sula Bosis, İstanbullu Rumlar, İstanbul 2011, s.163

Sirmoula Alexandridou, ""Early women's press: a challenge for 19th century East and Greece", Women telling Nations, NEWW international conference, University Complutense (Madrid-Spain),11-13/11/2010.

Katerina Dalakoura, " "Female Social Activities: Norms and Exceptions in Greek Women's Press", Workshop Belgrade, COST Action WWIH, 14-16/4/ 2011.

Katerina Dalakoura, " "Challenging Education in the Ottoman Greek Female Journals (1845-1907): a Declining Feminist Discourse", knjizenstvo.rs/magazine.

Sources

Quoted Sources:
Source for Visual Images

Acknowledgments

The Women's Museum Istanbul would like to thank Ms. Ira Tzourou (Athens) and Ms. Sirmoula Alexandridou (Democritus University of Thrace) for her support in compiling this introductory page.


Translation into English: Margaret Fearey, Milton, Massachusetts, USA
©2012 Meral Akkent
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