Marcel Detienne

Belgian historian (1935-2019)

1935   -   2019

country of citizenship: Belgium
languages spoken, written or signed: French, English, German
educated at: University of Paris, University of Liège
occupation: anthropologist, historian, classical philologist, university teacher, mythographer, philosopher
award received: Guggenheim Fellowship, Amic Prize
influenced by: Claude Lévi-Strauss

Marcel Detienne (October 11, 1935 in Liège, Belgium – March 21, 2019 in Nemours, France) was a Belgian historian and specialist in the study of ancient Greece. He was a Professor at The Johns Hopkins University, where he held the Basil L. Gildersleeve chair in Classics. Along with Jean-Pierre Vernant and Pierre Vidal-Naquet, Detienne has sought to apply an anthropological approach, informed by the structuralism of Claude Lévi-Strauss, to classical and archaic Greece.
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