The Reception of Vernant in the English-Speaking World

  • Oswyn Murray Balliol College, Oxford
Keywords: Jean-Pierre Vernant, Pierre Vidal-Naquet, altérité, mentalité, structuralism, l’imaginaire, Marxism, French Resistance, Greek rationality, Greek religion


Six Anglophone colleagues of Jean-Pierre Vernant (1914–2007) in Britain and the USA recall his influence on their lives and research: his importance for the history of mentalities and for the theory of alterity and structuralism are discussed, together with the influence of Ignace Meyerson’s theory of psycholo­gie historique. The article ends with personal reminiscences of friendship, and Oswyn Murray’s obituary from The Independent newspaper, highlighting his career in the Resistance.