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By Culturekiosque Staff

PARIS, 31 DECEMBER 2010 — Jacqueline de Romilly, a distinguished French academic and great philhellene, died on 18 December at the age of 97. De Romilly was a classical scholar who specialised in the civilisation and language of ancient Greece, and had been the first woman to be nominated to the prestigious College de France and the second woman to be elected member of the Académie Française after the writer Marguerite Yourcenar.

In 1995, the Greek state bestowed honorary Greek Citizenship upon De Romilly. In 2000, she was named ambassador of Hellenism, and became a foreign guest member of the Athens Academy. As a scholar, she was known for her works on ancient Greek literature, and thought, especially on the historian Thucydides and Pericles’ Classical Athens.

"The life and work of Jacqueline de Romilly are bathed in the light that comes from the sources of the highest civilisation – the Greek civilisation, the flame of which lived with her till her last breath" said French President Nicolas Sarkozy, while Prime Minister George Papandreou praised de Romilly for honouring Greek thought and for devoting herself to the promotion of Greek literature and arts.

Travel Calendar Tips: chosen by the editors as being of interest to Culturekiosque readers.

New York

Heroes: Mortals and Myths in Ancient Greece
Through 3 January 2011
Onassis Cultural Center
645 Fifth Avenue
entrances on 51st and 52nd Streets
between Madison and Fifth Avenues
New York
Tel: (1) 212 486 44 48

Los Angeles

The Art of Ancient Greek Theater
Through 3 January 2011
The Getty Villa in Malibu
17985 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, California 90272
Tel: (1) 310 440 73 00

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