Great Greek Encyclopedia

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The Great Greek Encyclopedia in its purpose-built bookcase.

The Great Greek Encyclopedia (Greek: Μεγάλη Ελληνική Εγκυκλοπαίδεια) is a general knowledge Greek-language encyclopedia, printed initially between 1926 and 1934.

The encyclopedia was founded in 1926 by Pavlos Drandakis (1896–1945) after the model of Encyclopædia Britannica. He was helped by many well-known and qualified contributors and the result was deemed to be excellent. Pyrsos, Ltd. was commissioned with printing the encyclopedia. Pavlos Drandakis reserved some rights of the encyclopedia which he later claimed in court. After he won the trial, his descendants published a second edition of the encyclopedia in 1956 with Phoinix, Ltd.

The encyclopedia consists of 24 volumes, one of which is especially dedicated to Greece. The encyclopedia is known for the extensive use of Katharevousa.


  • Papyros Larousse Britannica, vol. 18, page 124, and vol. 44, page 267, 2007