B bábi, Tibor

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Borzsák, István (Stephen) (Monor, 24 December 1914 - Budapest, 9 December 2007) – Classical philologist. His higher studies were at the University of Budapest (1932-1936). From 1932 to 1939 he was member of the Eötvös College of the University of Budapest. In 1941 he was an honorary lecturer at the University of Budapest; but was conscripted into the army and became a POW in the Soviet Union. Between 1949 and 1952 he taught at the University and was Professor between 1953 and 1957. In 1957 he was dismissed on account of a false accusation. Thereafter, he worked as a university librarian until 1963, when he became Professor at the University of Debrecen until 1978. From 1978 he was Professor of Latin and had the Chair of the Latin Department at the University of Budapest. Since 1985 he had been a scientific counselor at the University. His field of research was classics, particularly Latin Literature and historiography, as well as antiquity’s impact upon Hungarian literature. He was Editor for the Antique Studies (Antik Tanulmányok), a member of the Editorial Board of Acta Antiqua; a member of the Latin Academy, Rome; a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He was Honorary Doctor of three Universities, including the University of Heidelberg. His main writings include The Classical Age’s Knowledge of the Land of Hungary (Az ókori világ ismeretei Magyarország földjéről) (1936); The Spirit of the Latin Language (A latin nyelv szelleme) (1942); The History of Roman Literature (A római irodalom története) (1944), and Do We Need Latin? (Kell-e latin?) (1990). He was a recipient of the Academy Prize (1971), the Széchenyi Prize (1993), the Herder Prize (1994) and the Gold Medal of the Academy (1996). – B: 0874, 0878, 1031, 1257, T: 7103.

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