Rae Dalven (25 April 1904, Preveza, Janina Vilayet, Ottoman Empire – 30 July 1992, New York City) was a Romaniote author living in the United States of America since 1909. She is best known for her translations of Cavafy's works and for her books and plays about the Jews of Ioannina.

She was a professor of Modern Greek literature at New York University (NYU), where a prize is offered in her name by the A.S. Onassis Program in Hellenic Studies.


The American Jewish Yearbook 1994 (p. 573) has the following obituary: DALVEN, RAE, professor, translator; b. Preveza, Greece, Apr. 25, 1904; d. NYC, July 30, 1992; in U.S. since 1909. Educ: Hunter Coll., NYU (PhD). Prof., Eng. lit., and dept. chmn., Ladycliff Coll., Highland Falls, N.Y. Transl. of modern Greek poets and historian of the Jews in Greece, esp. the community of pre-Sephardic Romaniotes in Ioannina. Pres., Amer. Soc. of Sephardic Studies and ed. its journal, Sephardic Scholar; bd. mem., Amer. Friends of the Jewish Museum in Greece. Transl.: Modern Greek Poetry, Complete Poems of Cavafy, The Fourth Dimension (Yannis Ritsos), and others. Au.: The Jews of Ioannina (1990); A Season in @#!*%, a play about Rimbaud and Verlaine; and Our Kind of People, an autobiographical play.

Rae Dalven Prize

The Rae Dalven Prize is given for Outstanding Undergraduate Work In Byzantine Modern Greek Studies At New York University. The Program in Hellenic Studies requests submissions for the annual prize named in memory of the translator and critic Rae Dalven (1905–1992) to acknowledge excellence in modern Greek studies among undergraduate students at New York University.

The Rae Dalven Prize was awarded for the first time in 1997.


  • 2013-John Aldrich, Essay: "All Eyes on Greece: The Greek Government-debt Crisis through the Lens of the Left-wing Media."
  • 2010-Afrodite Fountas
  • 2004-Georgia Giannoukouris
  • 2003-Kaleroy Tzezailidis and Megan Manos
  • 2002-Mariza Daras
  • 2001-John Saragas, Essay: The Greek American Diaspora in the 20th Century
  • 2000-Niki Kekos, Essay: "Intoxicated" by Death: The Civil War Poetry of Takis Sinopoulos
  • 1999-Evelina Zarkh, Essay: Shadows in the Mirror: Transcendent Vision and the Presence of the Past in Ritsos' "The Dead House" and "Under the Shadow of the Mountain."
  • 1998-Artemis Loi, Essay: Language and ideology in Karapanou's Kassandra and the Wolf
  • 1997-Areti Serkizis, Essay: Classical allusion in Seferis' Mythistorema