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by Archaeology Newsroom

The Dance of Zaloggon: a Historic Image of Farewell to Life

The article focuses on the decision of the women of Souli who, as it is surmised, were led up to death “singing and dancing… either repelled to the edge of the precipice by the retreating fighters or by their own decision rather to die voluntarily along their children than to suffer a painful bloodshed and captivity”. This incident is historically known as “the dance of Zaloggon”. The objective of the article is to investigate the dual aspect of this dance phenomenon, both as content and performance. Therefore, it deals with three dramatized examples, the version of a school presentation, a theatrical performance directed by Spyridon Peresiadis and a respective film production by Stelios Tatasopoulos, and seeks to set them in a space/time framework, so that the impact of the dance of Zaloggon on modern Greek society to be revealed and defined.