Note: Lepanto

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The Last Man, Edited by Steven E. Jones

"against Lepanto"


Byron never made it to Lepanto (where he had been officially posted by Mavrocordato), largely because the troops he was to command were badly factionalized and underfunded. He died of a fever (and the complications of treating it, including bleedings), on 19 April 1824. Not long thereafter, Missolonghi (where he had been encamped) came under siege by Turkish forces, essentially unrelieved until a bloody massacre of 1826. This event was later the subject of a famous painting by Delacroix, Greece Expiring on the Ruins of Missolonghi.

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October 1997

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