Mircea Eliade – 100 years since birth
The Romanian Academy is to pay homage to the great Romanian writer, author of as many as 30 scientific volumes translated into 18 languages.

Bucharest – The Romanian Academy organizes today a special session to pay homage to the writer Mircea Eliade and celebrate 100 years since his birth.

The event will be attended by scholars and politicians, among whom Ionel Haiduc, President of the Romanian Academy, Eugen Simion member of the Academy and president of the Section of Philology and Literature, Dan Haulica, correspondent member of the Romanian Academy, Alexandru Zub, president of the Section of Historical sciences and Archaeology, the state counselor Bogdan Tataru-Cazaban, Sorin Dumitrescu correspondent member of the Romanian Academy, and the writer Mircea Handoca.

The ceremony, due in the big hall of the Romanian Academy, is the second event organized by the Academy in the memory of Mircea Eliade. In early March, the book exhibition “Path to universality” which includes various editions of the volumes written by Mircea Eliade, and also books about his work and life, was inaugurated at the Academy Library.

Mircea Eliade was born on February 28, 1907 in Bucharest. He was a writer, philosopher and historian of the religions. Starting in 1957, Mircea Eliade settled at Chicago, as a professor of compared history of the religions, at “Loyola” University. His fame increased every year and with every new work. He became a member of illustrious institutions and became Doctor Honoris Causa of several or them. Since 1957 he was a professor with the University of Chicago, and since 1962 he chaired the Department “Sewell L. Avery.” Eliade received the title of Distinguished Service Professor.

He wrote 30 scientific volumes, literary works and philosophical essays translated into 18 languages, and around 1,200 articles and book reviews. Some of the best known are “Babylonian Cosmology and Alchemy” (1937), “Os Romenos, latinos do Oriente” (1943), “Traite d’histoire des religions” (1949), “Le sacre et le Profane” (1956), “Maitreyi” (1933), “Noaptea de Sanziene” (1971), “Treaty of history of religions” 1949, the second edition in 1966, “Myth of the eternal return” (1949), “Shamanism and the techniques of ecstasy” (1951), From Zalmoxis to Gengis Han (1970), “History of religious beliefs and ideas” (1976-1983), “Briser le toit de la maison (1986), “The Quest” (in French La nostalgie des origins) (1969).

by Alex Elias

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