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Greek Professor Awarded the Title of “Commander” of the British Empire

grammenos-costas(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   Greek professor Costas Grammenos, Pro-Vice Chancellor of City School of London and chairman of the steering committee of the International University of Thessaloniki, is one of the personalities to whom Queen Elizabeth of England conferred titles and honourable distinctions for 2009. Grammenos was awarded the title of “Commander” of the British Empire for “his services in teaching and research.”  In 1994, Professor Grammenos was given by the Queen the title of “Officer” of the British Empire “for his contribution to teaching and the promotion of Greek-British relations” while in 1999, he won the highest academic title in Britain, that of “Doctor of Sciences.” He founded the International Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance in 1983 – renamed the Costas Grammenos International Centre for Shipping, Trade and Finance


Publications on Cavafy

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA) Three new editions of the acclaimed Greek poet C.P. Cavafy are presented in the latest issue of the “London Review of Books” (20.3.2008) and in “The Times” (14.3.2008). Charles Simic, in his article “Some Sort of Solution” reviews The Collected Poems by C.P. Cavafy, translated by Evangelos Sachperoglou, (Oxford University Press, 2007) and The Canon by C.P. Cavafy, translated by Stratis Haviaras (Harvard University Press, 2007). Alongside his commentary, Simic gives a brief account on Cavafy’s adventurous childhood in Egypt and England, his adult life in Alexandria, the poets by whom he was influenced and those he influenced as well as the main categories of his poetry and his language.  Margaret Reynolds in her review “Classics – Selected Poems by C. P. Cavafy, translated by Avi Sharon” presents the Penguin Classics collection (to be released in June) and points out his links to British Literature and Poetry, as  E.M.Forster, W.H.Auden and T.E.Lawrence were among his admirers. Continue reading