On the final day of the Congress, it was determined that the primary Olympic Games to return under the auspices of the IOC would happen in Athens in 1896. The IOC elected the Greek author Demetrius Vikelas as its first president. Greek curiosity in reviving the Olympic Games started with the Greek War of Independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821. It was first proposed by poet and newspaper editor Panagiotis Soutsos in his poem “Dialogue of the Dead”, printed in 1833. Evangelos Zappas, a rich Greek-Romanian philanthropist, first wrote to King Otto of Greece, in 1856, providing to fund a everlasting revival of the Olympic Games. Zappas sponsored the first Olympic Games in 1859, which was held in an Athens metropolis square.