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 January 2009 → 31 December 2014
Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Historical theory and methodology
    • Theology and religious studies
history of religions orientalism Franz Cumont
Project description

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.