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Project: Orientalism and Franz Cumont (1868-1947): his views on “East” and “West” in the context of classical studies in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century

01-JAN-09 – 31-DEC-12

Cumont offers a unique scientific dossier: he published ca. 800 titles on the religious and cultural interaction between Near-East and West in Antiquity, corresponded with leading scientists, and wrote travel-accounts of the Middle East when it came under colonial European control. These different communicative contexts offer unique opportunities for a nuanced reflection on orientalism and postcolonialism.