LITERATURE

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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.



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OPINION

The death in February of Greek writer Alki Zei, at the age of 97, closes not only a life of distinguished authorship but also a period of Greek history which is about to come under review.

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WHAT'S ON

The Sianti Art Gallery in downtown Athens is hosting “Eros Kalos” (Good Love), a group exhibition presenting work by 21 artists alongside the work of as many writers and poets.


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CULTURE

Much-awarded Greek novelist Alki Zei, whose work has been translated in more than 30 languages, has died at her home at the age of 97, her publisher announced. 

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CULTURE

Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke was not only one of modern Greece’s greatest poets; she was a first-rate translator of French, English (including, of all things, a translation of Dylan Thomas’ “Under Milk Wood”) and Russian verse. I have to take that on trust because I don’t read Russian, but she told me she thought the best translation she had ever done was of “Eugene Onegin.”

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CULTURE

With two cruise liners anchored in the port of Argostoli, the streets of Kefalonia’s capital were packed with tourists. “Thankfully it’s a bit quieter here,” Professor Roderick Beaton said as we walked into a seaside restaurant on the Ionian island where he was on holiday with his wife.