Awesome People in History: Lord Byron

What is up with that hair?

George Gordon Byron, the 6th Baron Byron, was a famous romantic poet; like many creative-types, he was very eccentric and odd. He simply chose to be eccentric and odd in the most awesome way possible.

How was he awesome? Well, in 1810 he swam from Greece to Turkey across the Dardanelles.

This thing.

Needless to say, he was kind of big on athleticism, not only swimming but also boxing and horse-riding in his spare time.

Then there were his pets. When he went to Trinity College in Cambridge, he found their “No Dogs Allowed” rule irksome. So, he just brought his pet bear instead.

Hurry, we're going to be late for class... nevermind. Better run the other way.

He also owned at one time or another a fox, monkeys, an eagle, a badger, and a freaking crocodile, just to name a few.

Then there was the time Byron wrote English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, a work so controversial some of his critics challenged him to a duel.

Then there was the time he served in Parliament, when he had a habit of writing poems about his opponents with titles like “Wellington, The Best of the Cutthroats” and “The Intellectual Eunuch Castlereagh. I wonder how those poems went over on the campaign trail.

Actually, Byron was extremely popular in Britain of the early 19th century. His wife coined the term “Byromania” for all the attention he was getting, living the equivalent of a rock superstar as fans flocked to him. He was also rather infamous for his promiscuous love life… many a woman (and a few men) are believed to have been involved with him.

Byron was a traveler. He spent many years voyaging across the Mediterranean, learning how to curse in Portuguese and falling in love with Sufi Islam. These voyages ultimately sent him to Greece in 1823, where he volunteered for their war of independence against the Ottoman Turks.

Oh, good. He put a hat on.

He ultimately died of a fever in Greece, but is still honored as a national hero over there. They even named a city for him.

Not bad for a career path most people in this day and age scoff at.

Information from Wikipedia.