DEFINITIVE SET OF STAMPS “ANCIENT GREEK LITERATURE”
Δευτέρα, 18 Μαρτίου 2019


In order for a tree to bear fruit, it must first spread its roots, grow a trunk and develop fully; and that usually takes time. The fruit of Greek thought appeared suddenly, as the first bolt of lightning rips through the clear air at the start of a storm: nothing was ever destined to be so great, bright, refined or deep. Of course, Orphic tradition came before, Homer and his legendary epos and the Wagon of Thespis. And yes, it could be said that one could perhaps have felt it in the air, that something great was looming. From any viewpoint, the fifth and fourth centuries in Athens are startling, like a bolt of lightning on a sunny day, something of a revelation and a flood at the same time: Greek thought, having already shown its worth through trials and tribulations, has now become aware of its strength and is unhesitating in showing it off, no less thunderously than exuberantly. The fifth and fourth centuries are unique in the history of the human thinking, in the excessiveness and plurality in which they appear: never before and never since, have so many exemplary minds congregated, in the same city and at roughly the same time; in Athens, the centre of the known world: Herodotus, Euripides, Xenophon, Socrates and, shortly after, Epicurus.

CATEGORY

DESIGNS

QUANTITIES

0,05 €

EPICURUS

2.000.000 τεμ.

0,20 €

XENOPHON

2.000.000 τεμ.

0,50 €

SOCRATES

4.000.000 τεμ.

1,00 €

HERODOTUS

6.000.000 τεμ.

REGISTERD OVERSEAS

EURIPIDES

3.000.000 τεμ.

Please note, that of the above mentioned quantities, 100.000 stamps of each category are available in packs of 100 stamps (20 pages X 5), which are perforated on one side and cut on the other. The remainder is printed on fully perforated sheets of 25 stamps.

DIMENSION                               : 30 X 42 mm in sheets of 25

INTAGLIO DRAWING                 : Yannis Gourzis

DESIGN OF PRODUCTS              : Myrsini Vardopoulou

PRINTING METHOD                   : Multicolored (OFFSET)

PRINTERS                                 : «VERIDOS MATSOUKIS S.A. SECURITY PRINTING»

CIRCULATION-SALES                 : This set circulates on 15 March 2019, and will be available at the Hellenic post offices until sold out.

Also available:

1. ILLUSTRATED FIRST DAY COVERS (3 X 4.000 pieces)

They have a design related to the subject of the Series. Available at a charge of 7,80 € per set.



2.  SETS OF STAMPS IN PACK (500 pieces)

Available at a charge of 7,80 €.


3. NUMBERED SET ALBUMS (500 pieces)

Available at a charge of 15,00 €.


4. NUMBERED SOUVENIR SHEETS (7.000 pieces)

Available at a charge of 4,37 €.

5. PREPAID MAXIMUM CARDS (1.000 sets of 5 pieces)

Available at a charge of 8,00 € per set.



All philatelic products will be available at the Central Philatelic Office (5 Lykourgou str. & Apellou, 100 38 Athens), and at the Post Offices until sold out.

Collectors will be able to have items franked at the Central Philatelic Office with the special First Day commemorative postmark, providing they have affixed to them stamps from the set responding to the first rate domestic mail, today 0,72 €.


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