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Athens Macedonian News Agency: News in English, 13-11-28

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  • [01] Philologist Emmanuel Kriaras, who turns 107, says 'It's time to go'

  • [01] Philologist Emmanuel Kriaras, who turns 107, says 'It's time to go'

    ANA-MPA -- Emmanuel Kriaras, lexicographer and philologist, emeritus professor of the School of Philosophy at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, "the oldest living personality of Greece," according to electronic encyclopedias, turns 107 on Thursday. Kriaras is best-known for his seminal work, the 16-volume "Lexicon of Medieval Greek Demotic Literature 1100-1669," the first volume of which was published in 1968. His "Greek Dictionary of the Modern Demotic Language, Written and Oral" came out in 1995 and has been described as "the most authoritative modern Greek monolingual dictionary." In an interview with ANA-MPA on the occasion of his 107th birthday, the internationally renowned scholar remarked, "I am well aware of it: most - especially some of the newly minted of the media - who come to see me do so not because they know and appreciate my work and my personality. They are mostly impressed by my age. I have never wanted to live so long... It just happened. I do not want to live any longer. My joy (my beloved wife) has gone. Love, which inspired me - love for life and creation - is no longer there. So, thank you for the greetings and gifts, but they are now redundant. And in our era there is no room for redundancies." Kriaras was born in Piraeus when Greece was still on the Julian calendar (November 15); by the Gregorian calendar currently in use, he was born on November 28, 1906.

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