David Engels / Gerd Morgenthaler / Max Otte (eds.)

Oswald Spengler in an Age of Globalisation (17.-20.10.2018, Blankenheimerdorf / Brussels)

The newly founded “Oswald Spengler Society” is pleased to hold a scholarly conference on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the publication of “The Decline of the West”, one of the most important – and notorious – works on the philosophy of history of the 20th century.

In accordance with the broad historical and philosophical perspectives embraced by Oswald Spengler, the conference welcomes contributions coming from all fields of the Humanities, Social and Natural Sciences and dealing either with Oswald Spengler’s theory and its intellectual context, or with the actuality of the morphology of cultures today in the age of globalisation.

David Engels / Stefan Schorn (eds.)

Die Fragmente der griechischen Historiker, Part IV, Section 2, volume 1, Leiden, Brill, 2019.

 

The "Fragmente der griechischen Historiker" is a collection by Felix Jacoby of the works of those ancient Greek historians whose works have been lost, but of which we have citations, extracts or summaries. The work was started in 1923 and continued by him till his death in 1959. The project was divided into five parts, of which only the first three were published. The fourth (biography and antiquarian literature) is currently edited by Stefan Schorn in the series "Jacoby continued", published online and in print. The present volume, co-edited with David Engels, represents the first volume of the section devoted to antiquarian literature and reunites all relevant authors except Polemon of Ilion and Kallimachos.

P. Assenmaker / M. Cavagna / M. Cavalieri / D. Engels (eds.)

Augustus through the Ages, Brussels, Latomus, 2019.

 

In 2014, many academic institutions and museums will celebrate the bi-millennial of the death of Augustus with colloquiums, exhibitions and publications. The life, the political ingenuity, and the era of the founder of the Roman Empire have not been honoured or discussed in this manner since 1937-1938, when an exhibition, the Mostra augustea della Romanità, at the instigation of the Fascist regime, celebrated the two-thousandth anniversary of the birth of the Emperor. Yet the outcome of the re-examinations in 2014 will not be complete if emphasis is not put on the enduring fame and fortune he experienced in the West, for this renowned figure created an empire which united, for the first time, the Mediterranean with the regions north of the Alps. The importance of this personage throughout our recorded cultural history makes a multidisciplinary approach essential. It is therefore, as diverse field and period specialists, that we wish to invite our Belgian and foreign university colleagues to bring together their skills and knowledge - in the distinct fields of history, cultural history, literature, art history, semiotics, etc. - to retrace the multiple interpretations and appropriations of Augustus from his death to the present days.

 

David Engels

De Weg in het Imperium. De crisis van de EU en de ondergang van de Romeinse republiek - historische parallelen (vertaling Hans van der Liet & Bernadette de Wit), Groningen, Blauwe Tijger, 2019, 430p.

David Engels (33), hoogleraar geschiedenis van de Romeinse republiek in Brussel (vub) kan als geen ander de parallellen trekken tussen de laatste fases van de Romeinse Republiek en wat die gemeen heeft met de eu van nu. De verrassende resultaten leverden hem de afgelopen jaren vele lezingen, interviews en media-optredens op in heel Europa en Amerika.

Zo spiegelt hij de crisis van de Europese instellingen aan het einde van Rome, om maar te zwijgen van de problemen rond het democratische gehalte van de eu, de opkomst van populistische partijen waarin een nieuw en sterker leiderschap opstaat ten opzichte van de klassieke partijen, zijn slechts een paar grote parallellen. In het klein is het de groeiende werkeloosheid en criminaliteit die hun uitwerking op de Europese volkeren niet missen.

“Rome was net zo multicultureel als de eu. En even politiek correct. Griekse en andere immigranten stroomden de republiek binnen, omdat er werk was en het leven er goed was. Senatoren spraken behalve Latijn ook Grieks. Syrië meldde zich spontaan om erbij te horen. Maar net als in Europa voedde dit ressentiment bij de autochtonen. De afkomst van mensen werd daardoor juist heel belangrijk. Solidariteit in de republiek smolt weg. Er kwamen onderlinge gevechten, oorlogen.” (uit een interview met nrc).