LITERATURE

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CULTURE

The Swedish Academy that chooses the Nobel Laureates in Literature said Monday it was following the case against Turkish Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk, who is under investigation for allegedly insulting modern Turkey’s founder in his latest novel.


An undated photo provided by Vanessa Carr shows Marie Wilcox in 2014. Wilcox, who was the guardian of the Wukchumni language, one of several Indigenous languages that were once common in Central California but have either disappeared or nearly disappeared, died on Sept. 25, 2021. She was 87. [Vanessa Carr via The New York Times]
THE NEW YORK TIMES

For many years, Marie Wilcox was the guardian of the Wukchumni language, one of several Indigenous languages that were once common in Central California but have either disappeared or nearly disappeared. She was the only person for a time who could speak it fluently.


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IMAGES

President Katerina Sakellaropoulou at the house of Angelos Sikelianos, near the archaeological site of Delphi, on the slopes of Mt Parnassus in central Greece on Saturday.

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WHAT'S ON

The Greek National Opera commissioned three young local composers doing interesting work – Ioannis Angelakis, Aspasia Nasopoulou and Orestis Papaioannou – to pen original work inspired by Lord Byron’s elegies to John Edleston

Actors are seen during a rehearsal of ‘The Free Besieged’ at the Greek National Theater in Athens, earlier this month. ‘In the most difficult times in the life of the Greek nation, throughout centuries of oppressive occupation, the aspiration for independence never subsided,’ the authors say. [AP]
1821 ANNIVERSARY

Freedom, “ελευθερία” is a most noble value. Since ancient times, more so in the last 200 years since its War of Independence started, it is Greece’s greatest contribution to the European spirit, the spirit of the free world.


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LECTURE

Oxford University’s Foteini Dimirouli will be conducting an online seminar on “C.P. Cavafy in the World: Origins, Trajectories and the Diasporic Poet,” hosted by the British School at Athens.



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NEWS

In a letter to Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a group of Greek publishers has called on the government to keep bookstores open during the universal lockdown that starts on Saturday, as is the case in Italy and Belgium. 

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CULTURE

Exploring the elements that shape great personalities and the principles that define them is a process that is both fascinating and useful. One such endeavor was carried out by Vassilis Papadopoulos, a former ambassador and the general secretary of the Presidency of the Hellenic Republic, in his book “Diplomacy and Poetry: The Case of Giorgos Seferis,” published in Greek by Ikaros.


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SOCIETY

Ambassadors and other diplomats from 18 countries have rallied in support of Greece’s “Stay Home” campaign against the spread of coronavirus reciting Greek literature in a video posted on the Greek Foreign Ministry’s Facebook account Thursday.