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07 February 2020

Jacqueline de Romilly (1913-2010)

France: Jacqueline de Romilly, 7 February 2020. Image from Phil-Oest.

The Stamp
First day on Friday, February 7th, 2020
Obliteration illustrated 1st day at CHARTRES (28) Media library the Apostrophe, from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 18:00, 1 bd Maurice Viollette, 28,000 CHARTRES
in PARIS (75) The Square of Ink, from 10H to 17H, 13 bis rue des Mathurins, 75009 PARIS.
Eloïse ODDOS will host a book signing on February 7th from 2pm to 4pm.
General Auction on Monday, February 10, 2020 Info
Face value: € 1.16 See the rates as of February 10, 2020
Postage of the priority letter up to 20g for France, Monaco, Andorra and postal sectors (army)
Vertical stamp Total dimensions 36×40,85 mm Serration 13
Olive green color, red and black sky blue
Printed in a soft copy at 48 stamps per sheet
Issued 700,000 copies – see the draws of 2020

Illustration of Eloise Oddos
Engraved by Pierre Albuisson
According to a photo by © Francis Apesteguy

Portrait …
“Professor in the soul”: this is how the famous Hellenist, daughter and granddaughter of a teacher, liked to define himself. Born in March 1913, Jacqueline David – future Jacqueline of Romilly – did not know her father, brilliant normalist, philosopher, died in the field of honor in October 1914, but under the aegis of his mother, she walked on her traces. The first female winner of the all-around competition, in 1930 she won the first prize in the Latin version and the second prize in the Greek version. This is the first title of glory of this pioneer who, therefore, will continue to shine in the field of classical letters.

She graduated from the University of Lille and from the Sorbonne, and in 1973 became the first woman elected to the Collège de France, soon to be the first woman elected to the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles -Lettres (1975) and the second woman elected to the French Academy (1988), after Marguerite Yourcenar, but “the first to really sit there”.
An eminent specialist in Thucydides, the historian of the Peloponnesian War, who opposed Athens to Sparta from 431 to 404 BC, she renewed her interpretation in her thesis, Thucydides and the Athenian imperialism, and then devote twenty years to translate and edit the eight books of his work (1953-1972). If Thucydides is “the man of his life,” she also writes about Homer, Herodotus, Aeschylus, Euripides, Plato, and even Plutarch, reviving ancient Greece and its inexhaustible confidence in the greatness of man. The grateful Greeks gave her Greek nationality (1995) and in 2000 she appointed him ambassador of Hellenism. When the transmission of this precious heritage seems threatened, she writes Teaching in distress, then founded the association SEL for the Safeguarding of Literary Teachings (1992) and militates valiantly despite the blindness that strikes her, continuing to publish essays, manifestos , novels and short stories where we discover the charm, humor and cheerfulness of this great lady, her generosity and her courage too.
A life lesson…
© La Poste – Monique Trédé – All rights reserved
According to the press release of Phil @ Poste

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