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Franz Cumont’s Syrian tour: a Belgian archaeologist in the Ottoman empire

Eline Scheerlinck UGent (2013) REVUE BELGE DE PHILOLOGIE ET D'HISTOIRE. 91(2). p.327-357
abstract
This paper highlights the Western scientific traveller as an intermediary between Orient and Occident around the turn of the nineteenth century by presenting a case study on the Belgian archaeologist and historian of religions, Franz Cumont (1868-1947), and the dossier of the journey he undertook in Northern Syria, May 1907. After a discussion of this classicist's relation to the Orient, I give an account of Cumont's Syrian tour, based on three different writing contexts: the academic output of the expedition in Northern Syria, Cumont's private travel notes, and both his active and passive correspondence. Still focusing on the case of Franz Cumont and the dossier of his archaeological journey in 1907, in a third and fourth section I examine two ways in which the Orient was brought to the Occident by the scientific traveller. Firstly, by the acquisition and transfer of archaeological material from the Orient to the Occident, providing Western institutions with Eastern artefacts. Secondly, by the transfer of ideas and images: how did the Occidental scientific traveller, the archaeologist, convey his experiences with the "real" Orient to the European readership? I will disclose how Franz Cumont expressed his evaluation of the ancient Orient, which he studied, and the contemporary Orient, which he experienced during his travels.
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published
subject
keyword
Syria, Orient Travel, Franz Cumont, Orientalism, Archaeology, Museum History
journal title
REVUE BELGE DE PHILOLOGIE ET D'HISTOIRE
Rev. Belg. Philol. Hist.
volume
91
issue
2
pages
327 - 357
Web of Science type
Article
Web of Science id
000327825200006
ISSN
0035-0818
language
English
UGent publication?
yes
classification
A1
copyright statement
I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
id
2111473
handle
http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2111473
date created
2012-05-23 09:38:53
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2014-08-22 11:09:49
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  author       = {Scheerlinck, Eline},
  issn         = {0035-0818},
  journal      = {REVUE BELGE DE PHILOLOGIE ET D'HISTOIRE},
  keyword      = {Syria,Orient Travel,Franz Cumont,Orientalism,Archaeology,Museum History},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {2},
  pages        = {327--357},
  title        = {Franz Cumont{\textquoteright}s Syrian tour: a Belgian archaeologist in the Ottoman empire},
  volume       = {91},
  year         = {2013},
}

Chicago
Scheerlinck, Eline. 2013. “Franz Cumont’s Syrian Tour: a Belgian Archaeologist in the Ottoman Empire.” REVUE BELGE DE PHILOLOGIE ET D’HISTOIRE 91 (2): 327–357.
APA
Scheerlinck, E. (2013). Franz Cumont’s Syrian tour: a Belgian archaeologist in the Ottoman empire. REVUE BELGE DE PHILOLOGIE ET D’HISTOIRE, 91(2), 327–357.
Vancouver
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Scheerlinck E. Franz Cumont’s Syrian tour: a Belgian archaeologist in the Ottoman empire. REVUE BELGE DE PHILOLOGIE ET D’HISTOIRE. 2013;91(2):327–57.
MLA
Scheerlinck, Eline. “Franz Cumont’s Syrian Tour: a Belgian Archaeologist in the Ottoman Empire.” REVUE BELGE DE PHILOLOGIE ET D’HISTOIRE 91.2 (2013): 327–357. Print.