About The Greek Institute
Our mission is to create a greater awareness and
understanding of the extraordinary achievements of Greek culture from
antiquity to the present.
The logo of The Greek Institute depicts a Preclassical
Athena surrounded by the words:
ARETE SOPHIA TECHNE
We believe that there is a continuity of the Greek
language, literature, and arts from antiquity to the present, and that
the values of ARETE (a striving for excellence); SOPHIA (the
wisdom of Greek culture); and TECHNE (the expression of one's
aesthetic sensibility); are cornerstones of Greek culture.
All the programs and events of The Greek Institute are
designed to reflect these values. They also reveal the strong
presence of Greek culture in Western civilization.
The Greek Institute is an independent, non-profit
(501C3) cultural and educational institution. It was founded in
1988 by well known educator and translator, Athan H. Anagnostopoulos,
It is governed and advised by individuals of
Greek descent and Philhellenes, who are dedicated to the success of its
programs and long-term goals. It is supported by private
donations, corporate and foundation grants, memberships, and revenues
from its programs and classes.
The Greek Institute offers courses in
Homeric, Classical, New Testament, Byzantine, and Modern Greek.
We also offer private tutoring and translation
services. Classes are available throughout the year and to anyone
who is interested in learning Greek in an open, relaxed, yet
academically challenging environment.
A central focus of The Greek Institute is to present
written works in history, philosophy, democracy, and also, novels, short
stories, and poetry.
We offer lecture series, author series, and publish
bilingual editions of Greek authors. We also have a permanent
library at the Institute which is available for on-site use, and a
bookstore with over 1,500 titles.
The Greek Institute includes art exhibitions, film
series, dramatic readings of Ancient and Modern Greek plays, musical
concerts, and dance performances in its overall programming. The
Institute also has a permanent collection of works by prominent Greek
and American artists.
The Treasure of the Greek Language - The Greek
Institute has an exclusive collaboration with The Treasure of the Greek
Language, a private foundation in Athens, Greece. The purpose of
The Treasure of the Greek Language Foundation is the diachronic research
of the Greek language through a unique database which will contain the
entire corpus of works of Greek authors through the ages. This
enormous database will be available to scholars and all interested in
digital form (CD-ROM & Internet). The Greek Institute is the
sole distributor in the United States, Canada, and Australia of the
educational and literary materials of this project.
The Greek Institute offers an educational trip to Greece,
"Literary Greece," exploring the literary richness of Greece, every fall.
Greek-American Organizations - The Greek Institute
collaborates with local and national Greek-American organizations on
specific projects relating to Greek culture.
Universities, Colleges, and High Schools - The Greek
Institute has various agreements and collaborates with other educational
institutions to provide instruction of Greek as well as to co-sponsor
Become a Friend of The Greek Institute
The Greek Institute is a dynamic and ever-growing
center for Greek culture. Its mission is to create a greater
awareness of the extraordinary achievements of Greek culture from
antiquity to the present.
Become a Friend of The Greek
Institute and join in supporting its high quality programs.
Enjoy the many opportunities and benefits offered to the Friends of The
Greek Institute throughout the year. For more information, please
call (617) 547-4770.
The Greek Institute is located at 1038 Massachusetts
Avenue at Harvard Square, in Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138.
The Board of Directors
Athan H. Anagnostopoulos, President
Maria Anagnostopoulos, Program Director
Theodore Anastos, Esq.
Stephen Yeonas, Jr., Esq.
William Arvanites, Chair
Cultural Outreach Committee
Author/Lecture Series Committee
Liana di Girolami Cheney
Peter Tamis, Chair