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Head of Greek Studies Associate Professor George Frazis says poetry is important to Greek identity Head of Greek Studies Associate Professor George Frazis says poetry is important to Greek identity

The rich poetry of one of Greece’s most influential wordsmiths has been recited during the first series of Greek poetry seminars at CDU.

Head of Greek Studies Associate Professor George Frazis said members of the public enjoyed works by early 20th Century poet Constantine Cavafy read in Greek and some in English at the seminar.

Dr Frazis said the event was so successful that the Greek Poetry Club seminar would return on a monthly basis from 2016.

The recent seminar also featured live music and discussions after each reading.

“Poetry is very important to Greek identity, with the first written evidence of Greek language being Homeric poetry,” he said.

“Poetry is part of Greek culture and tradition as well as everyday life.”

Dr Frazis said Constantine Cavafy’s work had helped to revive interest in Greek poetry worldwide after he passed away in 1933. He said Greece had made significant impacts in the literary world, with two Greek writers becoming Nobel Prize winners in the past century.

Dr Frazis said the seminar was part of CDU’s commitment to strengthening ties with the community and providing accessible education.