George Murnu, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death

    

George Murnu

Romanian writer and academic

Date of Birth: 01-Jan-1868

Place of Birth: Veroia, Decentralized Administration of Macedonia and Thrace, Greece

Date of Death: 17-Nov-1957

Profession: poet, historian, translator, linguist

Nationality: Romania

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn


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About George Murnu

  • George Murnu (Romanian pronunciation: ['?e?or?e 'murnu]; Aromanian: Ioryi al Murnu; 1 January 1868, Veria, Salonica Vilayet, Ottoman Empire, now in Greece – 17 November 1957, Bucharest) was a Romanian university professor, archaeologist, historian, translator, and poet of Aromanian origin. After attending the courses of the Romanian primary and secondary schools in Macedonia at Bitola, he attended the University of Bucharest.
  • In 1893, at age 25, Murnu was appointed professor at the University of Iasi and shortly afterwards was awarded a scholarship by the Romanian State in order to complete his postgraduate studies in Munich, and, after several years he returned to Romania after completing a doctorate in philology.
  • A fruitful scholarly activity followed, culminating in Murnu becoming a chairman professor of archaeology at the University of Bucharest. In 1909, he was appointed head of the National Archaeological Museum in Bucharest by the Ministry of Public Instruction and Religious Confessions.
  • He has translated an accomplished version of the Odyssey and Iliad into Romanian.
  • He also wrote his own works of poetry (with bucolic themes), both in Romanian and in his native Aromanian language. Murnu was a sympathizer of the far right Iron Guard, and was an intimate friend of the Aromanian secessionist politician, Alcibiades Diamandi who in 1917 participated in a failed effort to form an independent Principality of Pindus under the protection of Italy.
  • After the end of World War II, Murnu was not subject to legal investigation - probably due to his age and prestige. He was elected a full member of the Romanian Academy.
  • Nowadays, a street in the Romanian Black Sea port of Mangalia bears his name.

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