Constantin Carathéodory: His life and work

By Christine Phili
National Technical University of Athens

Κωνσταντίνος Καραθεοδωρής: η ζωή και το έργο του (αγγλική γλώσσα) free ebook
I. An International journey
A greek of the diaspora – descendant from a family of erudites, phizicians and diplomats, well – educated, with many intellectual inferents – Constantin Carathéodory was born on 13 September of 1873 in Berlin where his father Stephanos represented the Ottoman Empire in Berlin’s Conference (arrangement of its frontiers). Two years later S. C. was appointed plenipontiary ambassador in Brusseles – a post which he maintained until his retirement (1902) and the capital where he lived the rest of his life (1907). C. C. lost his mother when he was 6 years old and he was brought by his grandmother Euthalia Petrokokinnou (descendant of a noble family of Chio’s island) in a house frequented by diplomats (Graf Brandenburg, Lord Vivian), by musicians (Massenet, Paderewski), by historians of music (Gevaert, Bourgault – Ducondray), by painters (Paul Meyerheim, Emile Wanters, Constantin Meunier), as also by professors of the International Law Aphonze Rivier, F. Martens. Perfectly biliugual in Greek – French (later he learnt German, Italian, English, Turkish and Dutch). He started his winter of 1881… free ebook

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