9th Annual Dimitris & Irmgard Pallas Modern Greek Lecture: ON GREEK FRIENDSHIP Professor Gregory Jusdanis, Ohio State University Presented by the University of Michigan Classical Studies-Modern Greek Program | January 26, 2011 The Lecture Why do we distrust friendship? In contrast to classical authors, modern writers regard friendship with misgivings or indifference. Indeed, until recently philosophers, sociologists, anthropologists, psychologists and literary critics have done little work on friendship. Only literary writers have paid any attention to it in the twentieth century. Literature, in other words, has been virtually alone to host friendship in any significant way.