Greek Minister of Culture Expresses Condolences on Death of Poet Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke


Poet Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke (Photo by Eurokinissi/ Stelios Missinas)

ATHENS - Minister of Culture Lina Mendoni expressed her condolences to the family of poet Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke, who died on Tuesday aged 81.

Anghelaki-Rooke, a goddaughter of Nikos Kazantzakis, spoke fluent French, English, and Russian, besides her native Greek. She published several books of poetry and translations of classic poets, and taught at several American universities, including at Princeton University, where she was poet in residence.

In her message, the minister said that Anghelaki-Rooke's poems "were translated into more than ten languages. She was loved by readers of different generations and honored by her fellow-poets."

Mendoni also requested of the Interior minister that the funeral service expenses be assumed by the state. Anghelaki-Rooke will be buried on the island of Egina, next to her husband, the minister said.