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The great Hellenist Jacqueline de Romilly, a specialist in Greek civilization and language, died this Sunday, December 19, 2010, at the age of 97. As a woman, she was a precursor on many points: first female professor at the Collège de France, second woman elected to the French Academy, but also to the Ecole Normale Supérieure (1933), then to the Agrégation de Lettres (1936) and to the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles Letters (1975).
But Jacqueline de Romilly was above all a very great historian, holder of the chair "Greece and the formation of moral and political thought" (1973-1984) at the College de France and essential on Thucydides or the theater of Aeschylus. She even obtained Greek nationality in 1995. She also ardently defended the teaching of Letters, and especially that of "dead" languages, flagship of the Humanities, now threatened ...
To (re) discover it, read (among others):
- Fear and anguish in the theater of Aeschylus, Belles-Lettres, 1958.
- History and reason in Thucydides, Belles Lettres, 1956.
- Homer, PUF (Que sais-je?), 1985.
- Letters to parents on school choices, de Fallois, 1994.
- Ancient Greece against violence, from Fallois, 2000.