Great Greeks

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Great Greeks
Narrated by Alexis Papachelas
Country of origin Greece
Original network Skai TV
Original release January 2009

Great Greeks (Greek: Μεγάλοι Έλληνες, Megali Ellines) is a television program, produced and broadcast by the Greek television network Skai TV, based on the BBC's equivalent show 100 Greatest Britons. The show features lists and biographies of influential persons, who came to prominence in their fields throughout the history of Greece, in order to be determined through a voting procedure who is considered the greatest Greek of all time by the audience of Greece.


The whole format of the show is made up of three parts. The first part consisted of a voting procedure, which began on 16 April 2008 and lasted until 7 May 2008, in order to choose the 100 predominant personalities. The second part launched with a couple of two-hour-long episodes, which presented the top 100 and revealed the 10 nominees. A new voting began on 23 February 2009, with the audience assuming to vote for the greatest among the final 10 persons, while a series of ten episodes contains extensive biographies of the 10 nominees.

Each episode features a celebrity supporting a nominee. The third part, the Great Final, took place on 18 May 2009, hosted by Alexis Papahelas. It was a live debate between the ten celebrity supporters of the previous episodes and twenty-five advocates, until the end of the voting and the announcement of the Greatest Greek.

10 Greatest Greeks[edit]

The final ranking of the 10 Greatest Greeks.

Other honourable mentions: Yiannis Kelidis

Rank Notability Nomination defended by
1 Alexander the Great Alexander and Bucephalus - Battle of Issus mosaic - Museo Archeologico Nazionale - Naples BW.jpg King and military commander. Conquered the largest empire ever in history (up to that point). Expanded Greek culture throughout the then-known world, from North Africa, the Middle East to India. Likewise Greece also underwent influence from the cultures he conquered. Admired as a military and political genius. Yannis Smaragdis
2 George Papanikolaou Gnpapanikolaou.jpg Physician. Invented the pap smear test, which provides early and quick detection of cervical and uterine cancer. He also improved a test for detecting stomach cancer. Maria Houkli
3 Theodoros Kolokotronis Kolokotronis01.jpg General. Admired for leading his troops to victory during the Greek War of Independence. Sia Kosioni
4 Konstantinos Karamanlis Karamanlis-konstantinos2.jpg Politician. President of Greece (1980-1985) (1990-1995) and Prime Minister (1955-1958) (1958-1961) (1961-1963) (1974-1980). Admired for bringing the post-war country back to a parlementarian democratic stateform. Stefanos Manos
5 Socrates Socrates Louvre.jpg Philosopher. Inventor of the Socratic method. Pioneer in Western philosophy and one of the most influential thinkers in history. Vassilis Karasmanis
6 Aristotle Aristotle Altemps Inv8575.jpg Physicist, mathematician, astronomer, natural philosopher. Laid the foundations of Western science. One of the most influential thinkers in history. Gregory Patrikareas
7 Eleftherios Venizelos Ελευθέριος Βενιζέλος.jpg Prime Minister (1910-1915) (1917-1920) (1924) (1928-1932) (1932) (1933). Most often re-elected Prime Minister of the country. Introduced many constitutional and economic reforms which modernized Greek society. Petros Tatsopoulos
8 Ioannis Kapodistrias Kapodistrias2.jpg President. First president of independent Greece (1827-1831). Thanos Veremis
9 Plato Plato Silanion Musei Capitolini MC1377.jpg Philosopher. Founder of Platonism. One of the most influential thinkers in history. Pemy Zouni
10 Pericles Pericles Townley BM 549 n2.jpg King and general. Won many decisive victories during the Greco-Persian Wars and Peloponnesian Wars and laid the foundation of the Athenian democracy. During his regime arts and science blossomed. Tasos Telloglou

100 Great Greeks[edit]

By vote[edit]


By era[edit]

Ancient Greece (27)

Byzantine Era (6)

Modern Era (67)

By discipline[edit]

Leaders (37)

Artists (32)

Intellectuals (22)

Religion (4)

Sports (3)

Business (1)

Other (1)

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