As you can imagine, Barbarians is a poem that we Greeks have been quoting to each other A LOT over the past few years It's a very famous poem here, and people recognise it as easily as you'd recognise a famous Shakespeare quote. Every time we had elections since 2009 (that would be nine times!!!) the line "And now, what’s going to happen to us without barbarians? They were, those people, a kind of solution" came in very useful. I didn't expect we'd go international with it though, but hey, it's an opportunity for some cultural product placement, right? If you want to read some modern Greek literature, I highly recommend the Drifting Cities trilogy by Stratis Tsirkas. It's a series of novels that take place in Greek communities of the Middle East (Jerusalem, Cairo and Alexandria) during World War II that combines a very modern form of writing with motifs from Greek mythology and, even though it relies on aspects of recent history that aren't particularly well-known outside our borders, it's still very accessible as historical fiction. I haven't looked at the English translation because I'm sure I'd be disappointed by the fact that the element of Egyptian-Greek dialect is lost, but I'm told it's fine, and it's really a page-turner and a gripping story.