Greek Poet Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke Dies at 81



Popular Greek poet Katerina Anghelaki-Rooke passed away on Tuesday at the age of 81.

Greece’s Minister of Culture Lina Mendoni expressed her condolences to the family of the poet soon after the news of her death became known.

Anghelaki-Rooke, a goddaughter of the great Greek writer 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 Princeton University, where she served as Poet in Residence.

Anghelaki-Rooke also studied at the renowned International Writing Program at the University of Iowa, later teaching at Harvard University, the University of Utah, and San Francisco State University.

In her message, Minister Mendoni 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 Ministry of the Interior that the writer’s funeral service expenses be assumed by the state.

Among Anghelaki-Rooke’s long list of works are the ”Le Grand Guide de la Grèce,” ”Enantios erotas,” and ”Beings and Things on their Own.”

Anghelaki-Rooke will be buried on the island of Aegina, next to her husband, Rodney Rooke.