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Distinguished French Philellenist Jacqueline de Romilly Passes

The distinguished French classical scholar Jacqueline de Romilly, who was only the second woman to enter the elite Academie Francaise, has died at the age of 97, on Saturday.
De Romilly was a philologist and expert on the civilisation and language of ancient Greece.  Over a period of 60 years she wrote a large body of work. She was the first woman to be nominated to the prestigious College de France, a research and teaching institution in Paris.  She was elected to the Academie Francaise in 1988, only the second woman after the writer Marguerite Yourcenar.
A foreign guest member of the Athens Academy, she obtained Greek nationality in 1995.  She was named Ambassador of Hellenism by the Greek government. As well as being an academic, she also wrote fiction.

“She is a woman who devoted her entire life to Greek language and culture because she considered it an education in the comprehension of the liberty of the individual and the importance of democracy,” said permanent secretary of the Academie Francaise Helene Carrere.”She suffered enormously to see the study of Greek decline, that was a source of great distress to her,” she added, saying that the best way to honour her memory would be “to give greater importance to the Greek language, for which she was our country’s greatest advocate”.

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