Hellas (personification)

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Greece personified as a woman, with revolutionaries who participated in the Greek War of Independence.

Hellas or Ellada is the personification of the nation of Greece, emanating from the classical period. There was a desire for unification in Greece, and Hellas is the only geographical personification known from that period. She is mentioned frequently in literature but only appears once in the arts of late classical Athens.[1]


She is usually depicted as a woman who wears simple clothes which remind the ancient greek ones. On her head she wears a crown or an olive wreath. Almost always she is depressed or sad for recent events with a few exceptions.


  1. ^ Amy C. Smith (22 June 2011). Polis and Personification in Classical Athenian Art. BRILL. p. 102. ISBN 90-04-19417-7.
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