Kazantzakis acknowledged that his early political thought was influenced to a decisive degree by Dragoumis’ ideology. The two men were close friends. They often met at the Frangopoulos family home, and Dragoumis paid frequent visits to the Kazantzakis couple at their house in Anagnostopoulou Street.
Although Kazantzakis was later to repudiate aristocratic nationalist ideology, his esteem for Dragoumis remained the same. In addition to his tragedy The Master Builder, Kazantzakis dedicated the canto “Alexander the Great” to Dragoumis.