The Albin Michel publishing house announced Thursday the death of the researcher, professor emeritus at the College de France and Femina Prize for Essay in 2014.
His erudition and his enthusiasm have long marked the spirits, and his gaze more than once swept away the clichés of the ancient Greek and Roman past. The historian of antiquity Paul Veyne died at the age of 92, said Thursday, September 29 the Albin Michel editions. This native of Aix-en-Provence had settled for his retirement in Bédoin (Vaucluse), at the foot of Mont Ventoux.
His research has shaken up received ideas about Antiquity, in particular his work on Greek mythology, with for example the book Did the Greeks believe their myths? Essay on the Constituent Imagination (1983). He also looked at ancient Christianity in his essay When our world became Christian (2007) or society and sexuality in Rome.
Emeritus professor at the Collège de France, appreciated for the audacity of his style and his innovative approaches, Paul Veyne was also a great figure in the intellectual debate in France. He received the Femina Prize for Essay in 2014 for his story And in eternity I won’t be boredand the prize of the National Library of France for all of his work in 2017. The general public also heard it on the occasion of the success of a book published in 2015 on Palmyra, an ancient Syrian city whose heritage has been ravaged by the Islamic State organization.
Passionate in his adolescence by The Odysseyby the Greek poet Homer, he entered the École Normale Supérieure in 1951. He took his card from the Communist Party, but left the PCF when the Soviet tanks entered Budapest in 1956. He was an admirer of the poet René Char and intellectual companion of Michel Foucault, publishing in 2008 a work on the philosopher, Michel Foucault: his thought, his person.
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