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Head of Greek Language Center, Prof. John Kazazis dead by suicide

Head of Center for Greek Language and professor at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Ioannis Kazazis, was found dead on Tuesday. The 74-year-old scholar had reportedly taken his own life.

His body was found in an office at the basement of  the Municipality of Kalamaria, Thessaloniki. He had hanged himself.

So far police has excluded any criminal act, an autopsy is to determine the exact causes of his death.

Ioannis Kazazis studied Classical Philology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, at the University of Illinois and at the Yale University. He was Fellow at the Harvard Center for Hellenic Studies and Visiting Professor at the University of Maryland.

From 1979 to 2014, he was Professor of Classical Philology at Thessaloniki University.

In 1994 he became Vice President and later President of the “Greek Language Center” and Director of the Lexicography Department.

He had also served as President of the National Council for primary and secondary education and was Honorary Professor and Doctor of  “Kuban State University” of Russia.

He wrote about Herodotus, Demosthenes, the Archaic Epic, the Epigram, and the History of Greek Studies from the Renaissance to the present day in the West and in Russia.

As the director of the editorial team he published volumes 15-21 of the Dictionary of the Medieval Greek dimotiki language 1100-1669 (“Dictionary of Kriaras”), as well as its three-volume Epitomy.

The news of Kazazis’ tragic death has shocked the academics’ community in the country.

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