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Order of the Phoenix (Greece)

Order of the Phoenix
Τάγμα του Φοίνικος
Grand Cross and Star of the Order of the Phoenix, III. type
Awarded by the President of the Hellenic Republic
Type Order
Motto Εκ της τέφρας μου αναγεννώμαι
Awarded for excellence in the public sphere or raising Greece's international standing
Status Currently constituted
Grades (w/ post-nominals) Grand Cross, Grand Commander, Commander, Golden Cross, Silver Cross
Established 13 May 1926
Precedence
Next (higher) Order of George I
(Kingdom)

Order of Honour
(Republic today)

Next (lower) Order of Beneficence
Ribbon bar of the Silver Cross of the Order of the Phoenix

The Order of the Phoenix (Monarchy after 1935, and continues to be awarded by the current Third Republic.

The Order is bestowed by the Greek government to Greek citizens who have excelled in the arts and literature, science, public administration, shipping, commerce, and industry. It is also awarded to foreigners who have helped raise Greece's international prestige.

Grades

The Order has five classes:

  • Grand Cross ('Μεγαλόσταυρος') - wears the badge of the Order on a sash on the right shoulder, and the star of the Order on the left chest;
  • Knight Commander or Grand Commander ('Ανώτερος Ταξιάρχης') - wears the badge of the Order on a necklet, and the star of the Order on the left chest;
  • Commander ('Ταξιάρχης') - wears the badge of the Order on a necklet;
  • Officer or Gold Cross ('Χρυσούς Σταυρός') - wears the badge on a ribbon on the left chest;
  • Member or Silver Cross ('Αργυρούς Σταυρός') - wears the badge on a ribbon on the left chest.

Insignia

Silver Cross of the Order of the Phoenix, I. type (1926–1935)
Star of the Order of the Phoenix with swords.

The badge of the Order is a white-enameled cross, in silver for the Silver Cross class, in gold for the higher classes, with the Phoenix (symbolizing the rebirth of the Hellenic nation) at the centre. A five-pointed star is at the upper arm of the cross. The first version of the Order (1926–1935) featured the letters "E-T-T-A" in Byzantine uncial on each arm of the cross, the initials of the motto Εκ της τέφρας μου αναγεννώμαι ("From my ashes I am

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