Gatsos in Translation Event

Celebrating the songmaking of Nikos Gatsos and the Gatsos Archive at Harvard University

Date: Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Time: 12pm EST, 7pm EET

Join our panel of distinguished guests to celebrate the legacy of Nikos Gatsos (1911–1992), one of the great twentieth-century Greek poets and lyricists. Among his lyrics, which were set to music during his lifetime by such well-known Greek composers as Manos Hadjidakis, Mikis Theodorakis, and Stavros Xarhakos, are counted some of the most beloved songs of contemporary Greek music. Gatsos was not only a poet and writer of lyrics, however; he was also a gifted translator. On December 8, the day of the new calendar on which Gatsos celebrated his birthday, we will acknowledge both his songmaking and his translating work.

This event is co-sponsored by Harvard Library, the repository for the Nikos Gatsos Archive, the Harvard University Department of the Classics, the institutional home of Harvard’s Modern Greek program, and Harvard’s Center for Hellenic Studies.

This event will take place online via Zoom (register here) and will also be live streamed to the CHS YouTube Channel.

For a chance for students of Modern Greek to have their work highlighted in the event, please see the translation contest announcement.


Nana Mouskouri

Internationally acclaimed singer, Gatsos’s close friend and collaborator

Panagiotis Roilos

George Seferis Professor of Modern Greek Studies and Professor of Comparative Literature,
Faculty Associate, The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs, and
Faculty Associate, Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies,
Harvard University
Founder and Director, Delphi Academy of European Studies

Agathi Dimitrouka

Lyricist, translator, author, and executor of Gatsos’s literary estate

Johanna Hanink

Professor of Classics, Brown University
Co-editor of the Journal of Modern Greek Studies

Nicolas Prevelakis

Assistant Director of Curricular Development, Center for Hellenic Studies
Associate Senior Lecturer on Social Studies, Harvard University