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Modern Greek Section

Greece: An original painting by Elizabeth Bailey



Welcome to the Modern Greek Section. Here you will find information about staff, papers and news. For 2016-17 there are three papers running in Modern Greek:

Paper Gr 3, "Introduction to Modern Greek language and culture" - available at Part IB and Part II

Paper Gr6, "Myth Matters: Receptions of mythology in Modern Greek Literature and Culture" - available at Part II

Paper Gr 7, "The History and Structure of Modern Greek" - available at Part II. This paper may not be available after Tripos 2017.

Important Notice

New admissions to Modern Greek for the MML Tripos are suspended until further notice. However, existing undergraduate students can still take papers Gr.3, Gr.6 and Gr.7. Details below.

Upcoming Events

Talk: Antony and Cleopatra and Cavafy

Date: Tuesday 28th February 2017

Time: 5:15pm

Location: Room G.21, Faculty of Classics

THIS PRESENTATION examines C. P. Cavafy's interest in Shakespeare (which perhaps dates from Cavafy's early teenage years in England) and focusses on the Alexandrian Greek poet's adaptations, in several poems, of elements of Shakespeare's Alexandrian play, Antony and Cleopatra. Behind this play, of course, lies Thomas North's translation of Plutarch's Life of Marcus Antonius; and  in his Antony-related poems (and others) Cavafy also draws directly on Plutarch, short-circuiting what is elsewhere the tortuous linguistic journey from Plutarch's Greek prose through Jacques Amyot's French translation of Plutarch and North's English translation of Amyot (both sixteenth-cetury) to Shakespeare's seventeenth-century transformation of North's text into an English verse drama, and back to Greek in the twentieth-century poetry of Cavafy.


Please see our Modern Greek Events page for more information on our current and forthcoming items of interest in the Modern Greek section.