#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: Mark Antony

Of all the empires of Europe, it is the Roman that has found the most lasting fascination among subsequent generations. There is indeed something of an epic quality handed down from the Hellenistic world, and one…

Great European of the Week: Simone de Beauvoir

Feminist, philosopher, essayist and fictional writer, Simone de Beauvoir stands among the greatest figures in 20th Century Europe. Born on 9th January 1908 to a middle-class Catholic family in Paris, her studies in mathematics and…

Great European of the Week: Jane Austen

The year 2013 marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of one of the most famous classical romantic novels of all times, Pride and Prejudice. The author of the book, Jane Austen, is one of…

Great European of the Week: Ödön von Horváth

Ödön von Horváth, also known as Edmund Josef von Horváth (born 9 December 1901 in Fiume, died 1 June 1938 in Paris) was a novelist and playwright most famous for his Youth without God, Tales…

Great European of the Week: Thomas Hobbes

This Wednesday marks the 334th anniversary of the death of a European whose life and work have shaped thought on politics and society to this day. Often seen as the most important British political philosopher,…

Great European of the Week: Friedrich Engels

It is said that every great thinker needs an editor. This is typically how Friedrich Engels has been viewed in history – as the St Paul to the Christ of Karl Marx, codifying and explicating…

Great European of the Week: Charles de Gaulle

Born in Lille 22nd November of 1890, Charles de Gaulle pursued a military career during the First World War and was leading the “Free French Forces” resistance against Nazi Germany and the Vichy regime during the…

Great European of the Week: Auguste Rodin – Nov 12

Auguste Rodin, born 12 November 1840, is widely known as a sculptor most famous for his works “The Gates of Hell,” “The Burghers of Calais,” and “The Age of Bronze.” Born in Paris, Rodin faced dejection…

Great European of the Week: Albert Camus – Nov 7

The upheavals of the early 20th Century in Europe produced several generations of our greatest intellectuals. The immediacy of political crisis, the rapid technological evolution of society, the possibility of revolution and the threat of…

Great European of the Week: John Locke – Oct 28

Ever since Plato and Aristotle, Western thought has had a tendency to work in double acts. In the second half of the 17th Century, two Englishmen developed philosophies that would define the modern world. One…