Historic Personalities of Naxos

Several historic personalities -- past and present -- have contributed greatly to the development of Naxos Island. Writers, playwrights, political activists and poets, these individuals and their work continue to provide inspiration, their historic presence apparent in several ways.

Iakovos Kampanellis

Naxos-born Iakovos Kampanellis (1922-2011) was one of Greece’s foremost post-World War II playwrights.

Manolis Glezos

Manolis Glezos, a native of Apiranthos, Naxos, is best –but not least- known for the first resistance act against the wartime German occupation of Greece.

Nikiforos Mandilaras

Nikiforos Mandilaras, born in Koronos, Naxos in 1928, was a lawyer and prominent political activist in the years before the military coup d’ etat of 1967.

A marble plaque indicates the place where author Nikos Kazantzakis stayed in Naxos.

Nikos Kazantzakis

Nikos Kazantzakis is perhaps the most important writer and philosopher of modern Greece.

Petros Protopapadakis

Petros Protopapadakis was a prominent political figure in the early 20th century.