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Constantine P. Cavafy: A Distinguished Greek Poet  

Constantine P. Cavafy was one of the most original and influential Greek poets of the 20th century, who, though, remained virtually unrecognized in Greece until late in his career. Nowadays, his poetry is widely celebrated and taught in school in Greece and Cyprus, as well as in universities around the world.

 His life

Constantine Cavafy was born in Alexandria, Egypt, on April 29, 1863. His father died when he was seven, leaving the family poor. Shortly after this, the family moved to England, where Cavafy stayed until he was sixteen and became fluent in English. [He also picked up French and Italian during his life.] His two oldest brothers were supposed to take over their father’s business but they were young and inexperienced. Combined with the Long Depression of 1873, financial problems forced the family to move back to Alexandria in 1876, where they lived in great poverty. Read more

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Manos Eleftheriou: Greek Author and Songwriter

It feels like yesterday, but already two years have passed…Manos Eleftheriou (1938-2018), a famous Greek writer of poems, short stories and songs, died at age of 80 on July 22, 2018. Since he was born and raised in Syros, our Omilo students often hear his name while attending a course on the island. Manos Eleftheriou loved Syros and edited books about his island, specifically about Markos Vamvakaris and Syros society, about theater in Ermoupolis in the 20th century, and about Ermoupolis in Greek literature.

Some facts about his life:
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Eugene Trivizas: the Greek storyteller for children of all ages

Eugene Trivizas is one of Greece’s leading writers for children. Although he studied law and specialises in criminology, he has published more than 120 children’s books and has become the most well-known and beloved Greek storyteller (or as we’d say in Greek, “paramithas”).

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An introduction to a famous Greek author “Alki Zei”

When learning Greek, or any other new language, it is a good idea to also start reading novels, while learning more about the culture and history. Here below, we will present the author Alki Zei.

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The author Vassilis Alexakis is searching for the “First Word”

What was the first word you learned in Greek? Which word did you first pronounce as a baby? In his book Vassilis Alexakis searches for “the First Word” humans ever spoke.

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Author Petros Markaris and his book about Athens



Many students learning Greek love to read books written by Petros Markaris. He mostly uses daily language and his stories are related to contemporary Greece.

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