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George Leonardos' Biography

 George Leonardos (in Greek Γιώργος Λεονάρδος) is a Greek author of historical novels. Son of Anastase and Maria, he was born in Alexandria Egypt on 20 February 1937.

His father died when he was two years old. He lived with his mother in Alexandria until 1954. He was an avid reader of fiction and history, and as a high school student in Alexandria had his short stories published in Tahidromos and Anatoli, the Greek daily newspapers of the city.

In 1954 he moved to Greece to study Physics at the University of Thessaloniki. After his graduation, he studied journalism and began to work as a journalist. He worked as a reporter for major Athens newspapers Apogevmatini, Eleftherotypia, Mesimvrini, Eleftheros Typos, Ethnos and as a columnist in the financial paper Kerdos.


Being awarded in 2008 with the highest Greek State Award for Literature and Novels by the Greek Prime Minister Antonis Samaras, then Minister of Cultural Affairs.

He was the first correspondent of the Athens News Agency in Belgrade in 1964, and later in New York in 1976, where he was also appointed manager of the local Greek newspaper Ethnicos Kirikas. He has also worked as a newscaster in the public and private television channels in Greece, and he was sent as a correspondent on the Vietnam War, the Iran- Iraq War and the Persian Gulf War. He is a member of the Editor’s Association of Daily Press in Greece and the National Society of Greek Writers. His first novel, “Grandma’s Red Sofa”, was published in 1992.

He was twice awarded with the prize for the best historical novel by the Greek Society of Christian Studies for his novels “Mara, the Christian Sultana” and “Sleeping Beauty of Mystra”. He was also awarded with the Botsis Foundation prize for his services to journalism and literature.

In 2008 he was awarded with the highest Greek State Prize of Literature for his historical trilogy “The Palaeologian Dynasty. The Rise and Fall of Byzantium”, and specially for the third historical novel of the mentioned trilogy “The Last Palaeologue”.

He has written the novels: “Grandma’s Red Sofa”, 1992, “The House Above the Catacombs”, 1993, “Eva”, 1994, “The Magnet’s Poles” 1995, “Earth's Lovers”, 1996 and the “Song from the Soul”, 1997.

His historical novels are: “Barbarossa the Pirate”, 1998, which was also published in England, Italy and Turkey, “Mara, the Christian Sultana”, 1999, “Mary Magdalene” 2001, “Sleeping Beauty of Mystra” 2003, “Michael VIII Palaeologue” 2004, “The Palaeologues”, 2006, “The Last Palaeologue”, 2007, “ Sophia Palaeologina – From Byzantium to Russia”, 2008 and finally “Magellan – Three Greeks in the end of the World”, 2009. In 1980 he published the English-Greek Dictionary of Scientific and Military Terms, and in 2000 he published “The Structure of the Novel”.

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