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Demotic, Kathourevousa, and the Making of Greek Nation

May 10, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


The debate as to whether Demotic (the spoken language of ordinary people) or Katharevousa (a cultivated recreation of Ancient Greek) should be the official language of Greece was a major political and cultural issue throughout the 19th and 20th century. A question of identity, class, and history, the language question has much to tell us about Greece, the Greek people, and the weight of history. This NHM Discussion explores what the debate over the official language of Greece tells us about the past and future of Greece.


Chicago, IL United States