Jacqueline de Romilly
Jacqueline de Romilly
Jacqueline de Romilly
|Died||18 December 2010 (aged 97)|
|Alma mater||École Normale Supérieure |
University of Paris
|Known for||Member of the Académie française|
Jacqueline Worms de Romilly (French: [ʁɔmiji]; née David, 26 March 1913 – 18 December 2010) was a Franco-Greek philologist, classical scholar and fiction writer. She was the first woman nominated to the Collège de France, and in 1988, the second woman to enter the Académie française.
Born in Chartres, Eure-et-Loir, she studied at the Lycée Molière. As a schoolgirl, she became the first female to qualify for a prize in the Concours général, taking the first prize in Latin to French translation and second prize in Ancient Greek in 1930. She then prepared for the École Normale Supérieure at the Lycée Louis-le-Grand. She entered the class of 1933 of the ENS Ulm. She passed the agrégation in Classics in 1936; however, because she was of Jewish ancestry, the Vichy government suspended her from her teaching duties during the Occupation of France. She became a doctor of letters at the University of Paris in 1947. Her doctoral thesis, a "masterful" treatment of Athenian imperialism in Thucydides, was published as Thucydide et l'impérialisme athénien, and subsequently translated into English as Thucydides and Athenian Imperialism.
After being a schoolteacher, she became a professor at Lille University and subsequently at the Sorbonne, between 1957 and 1973. She later was promoted to the chair of Greek and the development of moral and political thought at the Collège de France — the first woman nominated to this prestigious institution. In 1988, she was the second woman (after Marguerite Yourcenar) to enter the Académie française, being elected to Chair #7, which was previously occupied by André Roussin.
In 1995, she obtained Greek nationality and in 2000 was named as an Ambassador of Hellenism by the Greek government. A one-time president of the Association Guillaume Budé, she remained an honorary president until her death at a hospital in Boulogne-Billancourt at the age of 97.
De Romilly's two monographs on the ancient Greek historian Thucydides have been credited with "alter[ing] the landscape of Thucydidean scholarship" and "the beginning of a new era". In 2002, Danish classical scholar Anders Holm Rasmussen described her views on Thucydides' ideology of empire as still "one of the most important viewpoints" with which modern scholars can engage. Published first in 1956, her work Histoire et raison chez Thucydide is still in print in the original French today, and was translated into English as The Mind of Thucydides after her death.
De Romilly also published outside the field of Greek historiography. In recent years, the value of her work Time in Greek Tragedy has been recognized by scholars working not only on Greek drama but also on Aristotle's metaphysics of time.
In 2016, Rosie Wyles and Edith Hall edited a volume called Women Classical Scholars: Unsealing the Fountain from the Renaissance to Jacqueline de Romilly, a history of pioneering women born between the Renaissance and 1913 who played significant roles in the history of classical scholarship.
Honours and awards
- Grand Cross of the Legion of Honour (2007)
- Grand Cross of the Ordre national du Mérite
- Commander of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques
- Commander of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
- Commander of the Order of the Phoenix (Greece)
- Commander of the Order of Honour (Greece)
- Elected to the Académie française (24 November 24, 1988)
- First woman professor at the Collège de France (Chair: Greece and the formation of the moral and political thought)
- First woman member of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres (1975)
- President of the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres (1987)
- Austrian Decoration for Science and Art (1981)
- Appointed by Greece as Ambassador of Hellenism (2000) (she had received citizenship in 1995)
- Ambatielos Prize of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres (1948)
- Croiset Prize of the Institut de France (1969)
- Langlois Prize of the Académie française (1974)
- Grand Prize of the Académie française (1984)
- Onassis Prize (Athens, 1995)
- Daudet Prize for defence of the French language (2000)
- Prize of the Greek Parliament (2008)
- Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1988)
- Corresponding member of foreign academies: Denmark, Great Britain, Vienna, Athens, Bavaria, the Netherlands, Naples, Turin, Genoa and the United States.
- Honorary doctorates from the universities of Oxford, Athens, Dublin, Heidelberg, Montreal and Yale University
Works published in English translation
De Romilly's work was largely published in French, but some of her works were written in or translated into English:
- Thucydides and Athenian Imperialism, translated by P. Thody. Oxford, 1963.
- Time in Greek Tragedy (Messenger Lectures). Cornell, 1968.
- Magic and Rhetoric in Ancient Greece (Carl Newell Jackson Lectures). Cambridge, MA, 1975.
- The Rise and Fall of States According to Greek Authors (Thomas Spencer Jerome Lectures). Ann Arbor, 1977.
- A Short History of Greek Literature, translated by L. Doherty. Chicago, 1985.
- The Great Sophists in Periclean Athens, translated by J. Lloyd. Oxford, 1991.
- The Mind of Thucydides, translated by E. T. Rawlings. Cornell, 2012.
- "Thucydides and the Cities of the Athenian Empire", in BICS 13 (1966) 1-12.
- "Phoenician Women of Euripides: Topicality in Greek Tragedy", translated by D. H. Orrok, in Bucknell Review 15 (1967) 108-132.
- "Fairness and Kindness in Thucydides", in Phoenix 28 (1974) 95-100.
- "Plato and Conjuring", in K. V. Erickson (ed.), Plato: True and Sophistic Rhetoric. Amsterdam, 1979.
- "Agamemnon in Doubt and Hesitation", in P. Pucci (ed.), Language and the Tragic Hero: Essays on Greek Tragedy in Honor of Gordon M. Kirkwood, 25-37. Atlanta, 1988.
- "Isocrates and Europe", in Greece & Rome 39 (1992) 2-13.
- "French Scholar Jacqueline de Romilly Dies at 97" Los Angeles Times 20 December 2010
- Webb, Ruth (2016). "Jacqueline de Romilly". In Wyles & Hall. Women classical scholars : unsealing the fountain from the Renaissance to Jacqueline de Romilly'. Oxford: Oxford University Press. p. 377. ISBN 9780198725206.
- "D’origine juive, elle est suspendue de ses fonctions par le régime de Vichy en 1941."
- Munn, Mark (2002). The School of History: Athens in the Age of Socrates. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press. p. xi. ISBN 9780520236851.
- "Jacqueline de Romilly, helléniste et académicienne, est morte". Le Monde. Retrieved 19 December 2010.
- "Dossier. Jacqueline de Romilly, une Athénienne au XXe siècle". La Croix. Archived from the original on December 24, 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
- "Réaction du P. Mansour Labaky au décès de Jacqueline de Romilly". La Croix. Archived from the original on 24 December 2010. Retrieved 20 December 2010.
- Lee, Christine (20 March 2014). "(J.) De Romilly The Mind of Thucydides. Translated by Elizabeth Trapnell Rawlings. Edited and with an introduction by Hunter R. Rawlings III and Jeffrey S. Rusten. Pp. xx?+?195. Ithaca and London: Cornell University Press, 2012 (originally published as Histoire et raison chez Thucydide, 1956). Cased, US$35". The Classical Review. 64 (01): 44. doi:10.1017/S0009840X13002266. ISBN 978-0-8014-5063-1.
- Rijksbaron, Albert (2011). "Introduction". In Lalot; Rijksbaron; Jacquinod; Buijs. The historical present in Thucydides: semantics and narrative function'. Leiden: Brill. p. 1.
- Holm Rasmussen, Anders (2002). "Thucydides' Conception of the Peloponnesian War I. Imperialism". Classica et Mediaevalia. 52: 85.
- "The Mind of Thucydides'". Cornell University Press (blurb).
- Laurent, Régis (2015). An introduction to Aristotle's metaphysics of time : historical research into the mythological and astronomical conceptions that preceded Aristotle's philosophy. Paris: Villegagnons-Plaisance Editions. p. 53. ISBN 9782953384611.
- Magnus, Erica W. (2016). "Time, Cognition, and Attic Performance: Tracing a New Approach to Theatre History's "Vexing Question"". In Gross, S.; Ostovich, S. Time and Trace: Multidisciplinary Investigations of Temporality. Leiden: Brill.
- Wyles, Rosie; Hall, Edith, eds. (2016-10-27). Women Classical Scholars: Unsealing the Fountain from the Renaissance to Jacqueline de Romilly. Classical Presences. Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198725206.
- "Reply to a parliamentary question" (pdf) (in German). p. 626. Retrieved 22 November 2012.
- "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter D" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 25 July 2014.
- Compiled from L'Année Philologique
- L'Académie française (in French)