THEOTÓKÊS, Kônstantînos

THEOTÓKÊS, Kônstantînos (Kostas Theotokis; Κωνσταντῖνος Θεοτόκης). Corfu 13.3. 1872 — Corfu 1.7.1923. Greek Author interested in Sanskrit. Born in an aristocratic family. After school in Corfu studied three years in Paris languages (including Sanskrit), medicine, chemistry, mathematics and philosophy. Then lived in Corfu and became well known as an author of short stories. He was a politician and an eager advocate of the δημοτικη. One of the very few Greeks after Galanos, who have been able to read and translate Sanskrit works in original language.

Publications: Translated: Ἡ Σακούνταλα τοῦ Καλιδάσα μεταφρασμένη ἀπὸ τὸ Σανσκριτικὸ καὶ Πρακριτικὸ κείμενο ἀπὸ τὸν Κ. Θ. 90 p. Kérkyra 1908; Μαλαβίκα καὶ Ἀγνιμίτρα. 19??.

With D. Mabilés (Mavili): Νάλας καὶ Νταμαγιάντη. Ἐπεισόδιο τοῦ Μαχαμβχάρατα. Μεταφρασμένο ἀπὸ τὸ Δ. Μαβίλη καὶ τὸν Κ. Θεοτόκη. 87 p. (originally publ. in Γράμματα 1915).

Modern Greek versions and translations of Plato, Vergil, Shakespeare, and Goethe; short stories and novels.

Sources: Μεγαλη ἑλληνικη ἐγκυκλοπαιδεια 12, 1930; B. Merry, Encyclopedia of Modern Greek Literature. L. 2004, 428.

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