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Wednesday, 3 January 2007

Mood:  caffeinated
Now Playing: Book extract
Topic: Literary translation

Hello everyone!

Here's an extract from my new project.

The page I have just translated from Greek to English is about the island of Corfu, in Greece.  I think it's interesting to know some facts about the island, and virtual travelers will probably like it (they may even become 'real' travelers one day and visit Kerkyra!).

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KERKYRA

 

 

Kerkyra is situated on the west coast of Greece and is considered to be one of its greenest and most beautiful islands. Due to its central position in Ionian Sea, at the entrance of Adriatic Sea, Kerkyra is a centre of high commercial, strategic and military value.

 

The ancient name of the island is Drepanon, but today, all over Greece it is known as Kerkyra, which, according to the Greek mythology, is the name of the wife of Poseidon, the god of the sea.

 

Throughout history, many writers have praised Kerkyra.  The beauty of the island has been quoted in many books, but the first one to praise Kerkyra was Homer in Odyssey. Gabriel d’Annuncio dedicated to Corfu his work called ‘Fire’.  Guillermo the second, the King of Germany, wrote his memoirs from Corfu, as well as Elizabeth of Austria, whose husband built for her Acheileion Palace that still exists on the island.

 

At different times in the past, the island was known by various names. Mythology mentions the myth of Kerkyra, one of the twelve daughters of Assop and his wife, Metopis.  Poseidon, the god of the sea, fell in love with her, kidnapped her and brought her to this island to hide her from his wife, Amphitreti.  However, Pluto, the god of Adis, envied Poseidon's success, and one night he kidnapped Kerkyra and took her down to his place, leaving behind Poseidon’s baby, Phaeacas.  Therefore, in the years of Ulysses the island was named after him and Kerkyra was known as ‘the island of Phaeceans.’

 

The island was also called by the Greek name of ‘drepanon’, because of its shape, and ‘Corfu’, because of the two peaks of mount Pantokrator. 

 

 

 

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If you would like to read more about Kerkyra, you can visit my website at

http://lianametal.tripod.com/kerkyraonline

See you soon!

Lia

 

 


Posted by liametal at 11:22 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 3 January 2007 11:33 AM EST
Sunday, 31 December 2006
Translation Room
Mood:  chatty
Now Playing: My first book for 2007
Topic: Literary translation

Happy New Year everyone!

 

Welcome to my translation room! 

It seems that in the new year I will be pretty busy , and I just love it.  I am workaholic, that's true, but I work only on the projects I do enjoy.

So, here's a new book for me to translate from Greek to English(US).  It's literary material, a memoirs type of book with historic aspects. When I have an extract ready, I'll publish it here for you to see.

That's all for the time being.

Enjoy your day!

 Lia


Posted by liametal at 3:58 AM EST
Updated: Sunday, 31 December 2006 4:12 AM EST

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