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Mato Vodopić

Mato Vodopić (Dubrovnik, December 13, 1816 - 13 March 1893) was the bishop of Dubrovnik from July 3, 1882 until his death in 1893, and wrote poems for some special occasions, and was a storyteller and collector of folk ballads. He was a fierce supporter of a Yugoslavian unification.

After 1849 the Home of the Pucić brothers became the gathering center of Dubrovnik's intelligence, often being attended by Mato Vodopić among others, including Medo Pucić, Antun and his brother August Kaznačić, Antun Kazali, Mato Natali, Pero Marinović and Marinica Đorđi. Joining with the circles of Serb-Catholics, meeting in other locations like the Šarićs' drugstore, Vodopic supported the Croatian romantic idea of uniting Dalmatia with Croatia, as well as will all other Yugoslavian lands into one state.

His first work, the novel Maria the Canalite (Marija Konavoka), was left unfinished. It was published in parts since 1863. As interesting thing is this work was finished in cooperation of his brother Niko Vodopić, Juraj Carić and Marcel Kušar. His second work, a short novel called Tužna Jele, was from 1868. This work was very popular among Dubrovnikans and Konavleans (many times played on Dubrovnik's Summer Games).

Mato's third work, unfinished like the first, Na doborskijem razvalinam, was published in its finished form in 1881.

All three of Vodopic's books were printed by Dragutin Pretner's Serb printing press in Dubrovnik, together with numerous others works in 1878 in the collection "Serbian Dubrovnik Library". Between 1878 and 1884 Mato Vodopic wrote in the pro-Serbian literal "Slovinac" list.

On 9 March 1880 Dubrovnik's municipal council accepted the proposal of the Serbian Dubrovnik Youth to raise a monument on 300th anniversary of Dživo Gundulić's birth (a very famous Dubrovnik's poet) and named the proposed board, which aside from Medo Pucić, Pero Budmani, Ivo Kaznačić and Luko Zore, also included Vodopic, to organize the monument's raising.

Vodopic's fourth work is novel Đenevrija, a story from the old Dubrovnik's suburb of Pile. Its manuscript was discovered only after Vodopic's death. Vice Medini and Niko Vodopić found it among Mato's personal belongings.




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