Ioan Culianu was a professor renowned for his study of the Renaissance, magic, and religion and as vocal critic of Romania’s post-Communist. A few minutes later, the police found the body of Ioan Culianu, a year-old religion instructor, slumped over in a locked stall in the men’s room. One of those victims, surely one of the most interesting, was Ioan Culianu, a Romanian-born scholar of the history of religion, who was shot to.

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Before being culianj, he had published culisnu number of articles and interviews that heavily criticized the Ion Iliescu post-Revolution regime, making Culianu one of the government’s most vocal adversaries.

He was born January 5,into a prominent family in the Romanian town ofIasi near the Soviet border. Out of This World Jun 18, They argue that what began as a genuine popular uprising in the city of Timisoara was soon co-opted by factions within Securitate, the Army, and the party that had long been planning loan topple the Ceausescu regime.

Most of the correspondence is professional in nature, and most correspondents are Culianu’s colleagues at universities in the United States and Europe. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. First, discard the idea that a professor’s writings could not inspire enough anger to get him killed. One person to whom he did mention the threats was his friend Dorin Tudoran, a dissident publisher and poet. Following are chronological files of reprints of writings published from Beyond the senseless loss, the correlation between his research and his murder is the most culiau element of this crime.

Culianu had divorced his first wife, and at the time of his death was engaged to Hillary Wiesner, a year-old graduate student at Harvard University. In Athens the letters even featured obsolete accent marks. He didn’t know the source,” Tudoran says.


Tall, with a dimpled smile and deep eyes that looked somewhere beyond you, Ioan Culianu proposed that multiple universes coexist, that the mind creates reality, and that magic can outperform modern science. Additional writings by Culianu are found in Series II. The far rightist newspaper Romania Mare Greater Romaniapublished by former Ceausescu supporters, attacked political science professor Vladimir Tismaneanu: Even abroad, the former Securitate, or at least remnants of it, apparently continue to engage in dirty tricks.

Eliade had named Culianu his literary executor, but in recent years the elder scholar, who died inhad come under attack as an apologist for the Iron Guard and Culianu himself had criticized his mentor.

25 Years Later, Assassinated Professor Remembered

Unlike his father, though, Ioan Culianu escaped. In the weeks before his murder, on May 21,he was finishing ooan books, planning his wedding, preparing for a long anticipated return to Romania, and hosting a conference in Chicago with the retrospectively haunting title “Other Realms: Reflections on Cosmic Love in the Christian Tradition,” manuscript and correspondence, Popularity Popularity Featured Price: At times it almost seems he did.

Culianu and Bruno culianh both forced to flee across Europe—Culianu from repression in Communist Romania, Bruno from accusations of heresy.

Culianu published seminal work on the interrelation of the occultErosmagic, physicsand history. Still, even those who are convinced that Culianu’s was a political murder are puzzled about why he in particular might have been targeted.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Lectures on that topic were “an enterprise,” he noted wryly in his book Eros and Magic in the Renaissance, “from which I shall refrain in the future. Accounts differ as to how quickly and definitively the revolt was hijacked. Shopbop Designer Fashion Brands. A headline from May 24, announces the murder of Ioan Culianu. This material is restricted until Hans Jonas Storia delle religioni Italian Edition. He lived in France and the Netherlands before arriving at the University of Chicago as a visiting lecturer, and then became a professor in the Divinity School.


This crime is an academic whodunit, touching on the tortured intricacies of Romanian history, on myth and mysticism, and on the buried connections between a scholar’s political and intellectual passions.

The day before the murder, someone phoned the family and many of the business associates of Andrei Codrescu to tell them that Codrescu, a Romanian exile and a friend of Culianu’s, had killed himself.

One of his graduate students, Alexander Arguelles, was presenting a paper to the faculty for the first time that day. Neither the motive nor the killer’s identity cukianu known, though numerous theories have been advanced, many related to Culianu’s criticism of Romanian politics.

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The current owner considers using the box against a “distasteful political regime” but fears he will suffer the same fate as those who came before him. Nurturing its own version of blood-and-soil mythology, the Iron Guard, in the words of the historian Vlad Georgescu, “brought a death cult to Romanian politics,” and took even the Nazis aback with the barbarity xulianu its pogroms.

The party seized his family’s mansion, confining them to four rooms infused by the “bitter smell of decomposing upholstery,” Culianu later wrote.

This page was last edited on 5 December culisnu, at We were asked to perform them. One explanation may culinu the breadth and passion of Culianu’s attack on Romania’s new government. A February article in Romania Mare adopted similar language to applaud Culianu’s murder. The Tree of Gnosis: