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FAMILY BACKGROUND - SHORT BIOGRAPHY

Stavros Melissinos was born to a historic family of Greece, on September 10th, 1929, on No 6 Poikilis Str., in Plaka, the old quarter of Athens. His family originally fled from Crete, where they had their estates and castles -as the one in Monopati, built in 1185 on a steep outcrop overlooking the ruins of ancient Ionia- because they had led a number of unsuccessful uprisings against the ottoman rule. After they moved to the islands of Naxos and Tinos finally, by the end of the 18th century, they settled in Athens.

His grand father, Stavros, and his grandmother, Saphira, established a store that supplied the 19th century sailing ships with both their food needs and equipment for vessel repair. In 1927 his father, Georgios, set up his small-scale shoe factory and Panaghiotis, his father’s brother, established the first large-scale icebox industry, known as MELCO, which earned him a state medal for his exceptional achievements in the field of industry, when Eleftherios Venizelos was prime minister of Greece. Their brother Emanuel Melissinos left for the States while Michael Melissinos (another brother) who wanted to follow a writing career was killed in action, at an early age, during the First World War. There were also three sisters: Theano, Aikaterina and Bassilika.

Stavros Melissinos, following the family tradition, served as an officer in the Greek army but finally literature won him over. When he left the army he studied film direction at the Stavrakos School, in Athens as well as electrical engineering but had to abandon all his future plans after his father’s death in 1954. When he took over his father’s store he was already married to Sophia Apessos, his Muse and greatest devotee for all these years. His son Pantelis Melissinos a poet and artist- is currently the third generation sandal maker

 

 

 


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