Department of Modern Greek and Byzantine Studies
We have all heard the expression "It's all Greek to me!" which might also mean that the Greeks must have a word for this! To all these we forcefully respond: Learn Greek to improve your English!
Greek is a dynamic contemporary language with a long and diverse history whose impact on world culture has been decisive. By studying Modern Greek you will explore the intricacies of this long tradition, constantly renewing itself and actively contributing to contemporary culture, especially in the multicultural realities of contemporary Australian society.
We teach the diachronic influence and the synchronic importance of learning Greek in the contemporary global world of diversity and pluralism. Eschewing isolationist nationalism and sectarian provincialism, we present and develop the Greek tradition and history in all its euphoric chaos.
Greek Studies are Ancient and Modern, European and Balkan, Mediterranean and Oriental, Western and ecumenical. They reflect the polymorphous adventures of the Greek people through history and express the Greek experience in all its forms through literature, art, cinema, education and culture. Polyphonic, too, since they include diverse voices and mentalities.
We study across the breadth of Greek culture: from late antiquity with the language of the New Testament, through to Byzantium, the Ottoman period and onto the modern Greek state, whether in Greece proper, Cyprus, the Greek communities abroad or in the diverse cultures of the Greek Diaspora in Australia.
The Modern Greek Studies Foundation was established with the objective to cultivate, promote and reward the study of Modern Greek at the University of Sydney
Professor Vrasidas Karalis speaks with Richard Fidler on ABC Radio about his book, The Demons of Athens: Reports from the Great Devastation.