THEOTÓKÊS, Kônstantînos (Kostas; 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 3 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 dhmotikh. 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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