Ikonomou ex Ikonomon Konstantinos (1780-1857)


An eminent scholar and well educated orator, prominent figure of the Orthodox Church, writer and preacher. He was a characteristic example of morality, prudence, education, a fathomless source of energy and sapience. His ability to recite Homeric rhapsodies and write verses in homeric language was worth noting. The fact that he was well educated and perspicacious, with particular eloquence, helped him to win recognition and to become a prominent figure of the Greek Letters. He was born in Tsaritsani, the same year as Karaiskakis.

He was the son of priest Kiriakos Ikonomou. His father and grandparents were housekeepers (= ikonomos), that's why he had the title «Ikonomos= in Greek means exactly the housekeeper». At Ambelakia he received his primary schooling and was given french and religious lessons.

Later, he took over the position of his father as clergyman and bursar of the Diocese of Elassona. He taught in his home village and became a benefactor. Actual evidence of his interest in the intellectual improvement of the village was the offer of his family home to be turned into a school, as well as a handsome amount to be used as salaries for the teachers.

In 1806 he was imprisoned by Ali Pasha and when he was freed, he left for Seres and later went to Thessaloniki. In Smyrna, he became teacher and principal and following an invitation by the patriarch of Constantinople, went there and was called «catholic preacher of the Great Church and of all orthodox Churches of the Greek nation».

He travelled to Odessa and Petrograd and was accepted by czar Alexander I. After the loss of his family, he left Russia and travelled westwards. After travelling to Western countries, he went to Athens in 1837, where he lived for the rest of his life.

He fought against Theoklitos Farmakidis about the autocephalus greek Church, believing that it should have an understanding with the Patriarchate of Constantinople. A profound scholar of ancient greek literature, he translated and wrote many works that are split in three groups: a) Ecclesiastical, b) Philosophical, c) Speeches. Indicatively we'll mention: «On the three hieratic grades of the Church» (1835), «Comments on the french memorandum re the independence of the Greek Church» (1837), «Transient study on battology» (1837), «Criticism of the short answer of learned teacher Mr. Neofitos Vamvas re the neohellenic Church» (1852). He also wrote many interpretative works such as: «About the Septuagint translators of the Old sacred Testament four books» (1844-1849).

Source: TEDK N. Larissas, Guide - Region of Larissa, Publications "ella", 2002

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