October 22, 2021

Stelios Kouloglou July 8, 2021 – Posted in: Authors

Stelios Kouloglou is a writer, journalist and director. He is the author of several books, including novels, memoirs and political history. He was a correspondent in Paris and Moscow during the perestroika era and, from 1992 to 1995, covered the war in the former Yugoslavia. His TV show, Reportage without Frontiers, for which he was editor-in-chief and presenter, was described as ‘the symbol of investigative journalism in Greece’. In 2008 he founded tvxs.gr, Greece’s first…

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Margarita Liberaki July 2, 2021 – Posted in: Authors

Margarita Liberaki (1919–2001) entered onto the literary stage at a young age. Her first novel, The Trees, appeared in 1945, when she was still in her mid-twenties, and was followed shortly after by the acclaimed Straw Hats (published in English as Three Summers). Ιn 1946 she moved to Paris, where she wrote The Other Alexander. The book was first published in 1950 in Greek, followed by English and French editions which met with immediate success.…

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Nikos Engonopoulos May 15, 2020 – Posted in: Authors

Nikos Engonopoulos (1907-1985) was born in Athens with family roots in Constantinople on his father’s side and in Hydra on his mother’s side. In 1914, following the outbreak of the First World War, his family moved to Constantinople where he attended a private school. He continued his education in Paris as a boarder at high school from 1919 to 1927. After returning to Athens and completing his national service, he enrolled in the School of…

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Emmanuel Roïdes November 27, 2019 – Posted in: Authors

Emmanuel Roïdes (1836-1904) was born into a wealthy family on the Greek island of Syros, but spent much of his childhood and early life in Europe. In 1841, his family moved to Genoa, where he lived through the revolution of 1848. He returned to Syros in 1849 and completed his schooling there, before leaving once again to pursue his university studies in history, literature and philosophy first in Germany and later in Romania. From 1864,…

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Hippocrates September 3, 2019 – Posted in: Authors

Hippocrates was born around the year 460 BC on the Greek island of Kos and legendary genealogy traces his paternal heritage directly to Asclepius and his maternal ancestry to Hercules. He was probably trained at the Asclepieion of Kos, and took lessons from the Thracian physician Herodicus of Selymbria. Throughout his life Hippocrates taught and practiced medicine, traveling as far as Thessaly, Thrace, and the Sea of Marmara. He died, most probably in Larissa, at…

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Ilias Venezis June 19, 2019 – Posted in: Authors

Ilias Venezis was born in Ayvali, Asia Minor (modern-day Turkey) in 1904. Ιn 1922, when 1.5 million Greeks were displaced from Asia Minor, eighteen-year-old Venezis was taken prisoner and sent to serve as forced labour for fourteen months in central Anatolia. This experience informed much of his writing, including his novel Number 31328. He was a prolific writer of novels, short stories, histories, travelogues and more. His work has been translated in many languages. In…

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M. Karagatsis – Posted in: Authors

M. Karagatsis (the pen name of Dimitris Rodopoulos) was born in Athens in 1908 and studied law in Grenoble and Athens. He is considered one of the finest Greek prose writers of the twentieth century and a central figure in the Generation of the ’30s, a group of writers, poets, artists, and scholars that introduced fresh modernist currents to Greek literature and art. He was a prolific writer, with over ten published novels, as well…

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Sofia Zarabouka June 5, 2019 – Posted in: Authors

Sofia Zarabouka is an author and illustrator of children books. Born in Athens she studied painting and theatre in Greece, and graphic arts and illustration in the United States. She is particularly known for her adaptations for children of the Greek Mythology, Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, and ancient Greek dramas like Aristophanes’ comedies and Aeschylus’s Orestia. Sofia’s illustrations have been exhibited in many countries and feature in museum collections. She has received various awards both…

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Roderick Beaton – Posted in: Authors, Translators

Roderick Beaton grew up in Edinburgh and studied English Literature at Cambridge, before specialising in Modern Greek studies. For thirty years until his retirement he held the Koraes Chair of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature at King’s College London, and is now Emeritus. Roderick is the author of several books of non-fiction, one novel, and several translations of fiction and poetry, all of them connected to Greece and the Greek-speaking world. He…

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Pythagoras – Posted in: Authors

Pythagoras, an important philosopher, mathematician and music theorist, was born on the island of Samos, probably in 585 BC. He studied with the philosopher Pherecydes in Syros and with Thales and Anaximander in Miletus, and travelled widely, including to Egypt, where he lived for more than twenty years, and Babylonia. Pythagoras eventually settled in Croton in southern Italy, where he founded his school. His teachings have come down to us thanks to his hundreds of…

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