#GreatEuropean

As part of our attempt to reclaim symbols for the peoples of Europe, here we will be presenting a selection of individuals who have shaped and enriched the continent.

Great European of the Week: Seamus Heaney

One of the greatest modern European poets, who died last years, Seamus Heaney won many accolades for his original and translated works. By Mario Zorro.

Great European of the Week: Eugène Ionesco

The so-called absurdist movement flourished in Europe after 1945, one of the many and varied intellectual attempts to deal with the political devastation of the early 20th Century. Bearing something of a family resemblance to…

Great European: Marcus Aurelius

Both holder of one of the most powerful offices in European history and one of the ancient world’s greatest ethicists, Marcus Aurelius should be an example to today’s political leaders.

Great European of the Week: William of Orange

England in the seventeenth century was a deeply Protestant country. When discontent and fear of an absolute, Catholic monarchy reached their apex with the birth of James Edward Stuart in 1688 – the possibility of…

Great European – Rosa Luxemburg

Rosa Luxemburg (b. 5 March 1871, Zamosc, Poland), was a key figure in the Spartacist movement and a leading representative of the left-wing socialist, internationalist and anti-militarist ideology of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD)…

Great European of the Week: Victor Hugo

Among 19th century romanticists Victor Hugo was one of the most significant and influential figures. The French author and poet was born on February 26th 1802. The opposing political views of his parents determined Hugo’s childhood and…

Great European of the Week: Sophie Scholl

Sophie Magdalena Scholl was born 9th May 1921 in Fortchenberg am Kocher. The third five children, she enjoyed a childhood that was marked by the Lutheran and humanistic education of her parents Robert and Magdalena….

Great European of the Week: Richard Wagner

Europe saw the 19th century as the era of significant changes both in politics, technology, economy and culture. This was the age of great people who dared to dream and think differently. So did Richard…

Great European of the Week: Johannes Gutenberg

In his 1858 manuscript Grundrisse, Karl Marx asks, “Do not the song and saga of the muse necessarily come to an end with the printer’s bar, hence do not the necessary conditions of epic poetry vanish?”. Whether right or wrong about anything else, the…

Great European of the Week – William Butler Yeats

William Butler Yeats (b. 13 June 1865 in Dublin, d. 28 January 1939, Menton, France) was one of the most celebrated poets and dramatists of the twentieth century. He won the Nobel Prize for literature…