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Most readers of classic literature would claim to be well-versed in the great works of Greek literature: The Odyssey and The Iliad from Homer, works of the great philosophers Socrates, Aristotle and Plato and the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides. These men all belong to a hazy golden age in our imaginations commonly thought of as “antiquity.”
However, since then, Greek literature has ceased to be a conspicuous presence in the canon of Western literature, with which we are all so familiar. Continue reading Seferis and Elytis→
Folk Songs have been the most highly appreciated form of oral tradition both in Greece and throughout the rest of Europe. They first became known during the years of the Greek Struggle for Independence: it was around 1824 – 1825 that one of the great French scholars, Claude Fauriel, published a two – volume collection of folk –songs with an extremely interesting introduction and poetic translations in prose. This publication made an impression on European scholarly circles and was immediately translated into German (twice in 1825), into English (also in 1825 and into Russian. Writers like Stendhal and Goethe were thrilled – the latter even translated a few of the texts for his own periodical ‘Kunst und Alterthum’ in 1827. There followed a score of anthologies, initially by Europeans, as for instance by Niccolo Tommaseo (in 1843, with an accompanying translation in Italian), and later by Greek anthologists. Continue reading Folk Songs→