[quote type=”center”] Les Orientales begins with a sequence of poems on the Greek war of independence, and Hugo followed Byron’s efforts in support of the Greek cause. When the European powers intervened in 1827 on the Greek side, defeating the Egyptian-Ottoman navy in the Battle of Navarino and driving Ibrahim Pasha, son of the Egyptian viceroy Mohamed Ali, out of the Peloponnese, the writing was on the wall for Ottoman attempts to retain the empire’s Greek territories. Following the defeat at Navarino, Hugo says, Ottoman massacres carried out against the Greeks have been avenged, these having earlier roused him to write Les Têtes du sérail, a poem consisting of a set of Greek voices crying out to be saved by intervention of the European powers from the bloodthirsty Ottomans. [/quote]

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