Peter Mackridge, scholar and translator of modern Greek studies, has died

Acclaimed translator and specialist in modern Greek studies Peter Mackridge has died, it was announced on Friday.

Mackridge was born in the UK in 1946 and studied modern Greek and French literature at St. Johns College, Oxford. At his death he was Emeritus Professor of Modern Greek at Oxford, where he taught from 1981 to 2004, and a Fellow of St. Cross College. His research and publications related to Greek language and literature, as well as culture since 1100, especially after 1750.

From 1969 to 1972 he studied in Athens as a Queens College Scholar, working on his doctorate on the Greek novel between the World Wars. His publications included several books on Greek language and literature, some of which have been translated into Greek, as well as numerous scholarly articles. Mackridge also edited the journal Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies and published in Greek magazines such as The Athens Review of Books.

In 2008 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Athens, while in March 2022 he was granted honorary Greek citizenship.

In a tweet, the Greek Embassy in London wrote: “Professor Peter Mackridge, great scholar and honorary Greek citizen, will be greatly missed. His death is the tragic loss of a passionate and enthusiastic defender of Greece, whom he was proud to call “πατρίδα”, and an outstanding Greek citizen. We offer you our deepest condolences. »

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