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Kostis Palamas: The Great Poet of Hellenism

Kostis Palamas was not only one of the major Greek poets of modern times; he was also one of the most inspiring figures of Hellenism, as his poems became anthems of the newly-independent Greek state. Born in Patras on January...

Alki Zei: The Greek Author Who Helped Kids Understand Difficult Issues

Greek author Alki Zei has helped countless generations of Greek children understand some aspects of life that are difficult to comprehend -- neglect, drug addiction, war, poverty, fascism, and racism -- preparing them for the realities of the world...

April 27, 1941: Greek Author Penelope Delta Commits Suicide As Nazis Enter Athens

On April 27, 1941, Penelope Delta, a famous Greek author decided to take her own life just as Nazi Germany’s forces occupied Athens. 

Odyssey Banned for Violence, Sexism; Is this the End of World Classics?

Odyssey, Homer's classic was recently banned in Lawrence, Massachusetts for portraying ideas that do not conform to modern norms of behavior. 

Greece to Restore Historic Home of National Poet Kostis Palamas

After many years of neglect and dilapidation, the historic home of poet Kostis Palamas in Athens is given a lifeline by the Greek Ministry of Culture. According to a decision on Tuesday, the poet's historic home, located in Plaka, will...

Foreign Diplomats Recite Greek Literature in Touching Video

Ambassadors and other foreign diplomats from 18 countries have recorded themselves reciting Greek literature in support of the "Stay Home" anti-coronavirus campaign in a video posted on the Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry's Facebook page on Thursday. An initiative of the...

Kazantzakis Event Unites People Across Europe

By Heini-Sofia Alavuo Nikos Kazantzakis may be one of Greece's most well-known exports, particularly for his 1946 novel, Zorba the Greek. Even in the far north of Europe, his legacy is debated, enjoyed and celebrated. The Union of Finnish-Greek Societies, the Finnish-Greek...

Athens to Become UNESCO World Book Capital in April

  Athens is ready to begin this year with an exciting celebration having been designated World Book Capital, a title the city will hold from April 2018. UNESCO World Book Capitals have been established to promote books, authors and reading activities as...

International Day for the Greek Language Celebrated in Naples, Italy

A literary marathon, concert, discussions and a theatrical play, were several of the activities included in the program of the first International Day for the Greek Language and Civilization, which was celebrated in Naples, Italy. During the literary marathon, which...

Books On The Map: An Interactive Map of Greek Books

Books On The Map is an interactive map of Greek literature. Users can pin the places used by Greek writers as the main setting in their stories. “The site was born out of our love for literature and aims...