Diplomats Recite Poetry and Read Passages from Greek Literature

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A photograph of the poet Constantine P. Cavafy from the Cavafy Archive. (Photo: Cavafy Archive Onassis Foundation)

ATHENS – Ambassadors and other foreign diplomats from 18 countries recite Greek literature in support of the “Stay Home” anti-coronavirus campaign, in a video posted on the Greek Foreign Affairs Ministry's Facebook account on April 23.

An initiative of the ministry's General Secretariat for Public Diplomacy, Religious and Consular Affairs, the two-part video titled “We #stayhome and travel through literature,” shows some of the ambassadors reciting Greek text, while others recite in their native language, and a few recite in English. All excerpts are the ambassadors' personal selections.

"Through the universality and timelessness of Greek literature, from Homer to the present day, they are sending their own message of international solidarity against the pandemic," the General Secretariat said in a statement.

Diplomats from around the world, including Austria, France, Sweden, Mexico, China, Slovenia, Israel, the Netherlands, and the UK, recited from some of the most well-known authors of Greek literature.

The texts included works by, among others, Homer, Odysseas Elytis, Titos Patrikios, and Constantine Cavafy, whose 157th birthday is April 29. In honor of the renowned Greek poet and all the impressive authors of Greek literature throughout history, enjoy the videos which are available online.

The videos are available on YouTube, part 1: and part 2: