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Dinos Christianopoulos, ‘The Poet of Thessaloniki’ Was Rebetiko Scholar

The poet of Thessaloniki and rebetiko scholar Dinos Christianopoulos died in August of 2020, but he left behind him a rich and diverse poetic legacy that will never be forgotten in Greece. He was born in Thessaloniki in 1931—the beautiful...

Aesop’s Fables: Ancient Greek Stories with Important Lessons for Children

Aesop's Fables are some of the most famous stories with moral lessons in history, and many of the tales are used to guide children in regard to moral themes and life lessons. Teaching children moral lessons from a young age...

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 with tenderness and great...

Lafcadio Hearn: The Greek National Poet of Japan

Lafcadio Hearn, a unique figure in international literature, began his life in Greece and spent the rest of his career in Japan.

The Turbulent Life of Byzantine Empress Theodora

In Constantinople, circa 500 AD, a girl was born to a poor circus worker and his wife. That child, Theodora, would become an actress, a prostitute, a mistress, a  feminist, an empress of the civilized world, and eventually, a...

Odyssey: Homer’s Epic Poem Is the World’s Most Influential Story

Homer's Odyssey, ancient Greece's most well-known epic poem, is officially the most influential story to have shaped the entire world.

Greek Author Christos Ikonomou Wins US’ Chowdhury Prize in Literature

Greek author Christos Ikonomou won the inaugural Chowdhury Prize in Literature, an international prize for writers — and the first literary award of its kind on the US West Coast — on Tuesday. Born in Athens in 1970, Ikonomou has...

The Story Behind Maya Angelou’s Greek Last Name

Famous African American poet and author Maya Angelou, who recently became the first black woman to appear on a US coin, has a distinctly Greek last name. A US quarter featuring an image of Angelou went into circulation this week...

Nobel Laureate Orhan Pamuk Accused of Insulting Turkey’s Founder, Ataturk

The Turkish government relaunched an investigation into Nobel prize-winning novelist Orhan Pamuk on Monday after he was accused of insulting Turkey's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, in his new novel "Nights of Plague." One of Turkey’s most prominent novelists, he has...

Greek 13-Year-Old Wins Global Literature Competition

A Greek 13-year-old named Marita Datseri has won the Global Literature Competition convened by the Writers' Union of Northern Greece.