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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But if there iaon such a motive, it is well hidden. When quoting material from this collection, the preferred citation is: Otherwordly Journeys from Gilgamesh to Albert Einstein.

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Provide feedback about this page. Get to Culianh Us. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Culianu was, according to Spinner, a warm, supportive, and unconventional teacher. Many compare Culianu’s death to the murder of Nicholae lorga, a famous Romanian historian who had antagonized the Iron Guard and is thought to have been killed by them, outside of Bucharest. Accounts differ as to how quickly and definitively the revolt was hijacked.

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Other Romanian culkanu in the U. Alexander Ronnett, an elderly dentist and general practitioner who is a self-proclaimed Chicago spokesman for the Iron Guard.

In Romania’s young King Michael infuriated the Iron Guard by turning his back on Germany and bringing the country into the antifascist coalition-or, as the ultranationalists saw it, capitulating to the Russians. His killer apparently perched on a toilet seat in the ioann next to Culianu’s and pointed the gun down at his head.


After twenty years of exile, with all those accomplishments behind him, and so many ahead of him, one wonders why Ioan Culianu didn’t leave his own past at a yard sale. But there is something odd, and perhaps significant, about the way most of these messages are worded: The professor antagonized not only far left and far right but even the interviewer, calling the revolution a “tragic waste” dictated by the KGB.

Unidentified author, “Korte Grammaticea van het Sahidische Koptisch,” manuscript, undated. At a lecture he gave in France on Renaissance magic, three self-described witches objected to his meddling in their realm. The single shot sliced through his brain and exploded out a nostril.

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It has been much speculated his murder was in consequence of his critical view of Romanian national politics. Securitate, too, reserves special vengeance for anyone who puts their criticisms of Romania in writing.

Hans Jonas Storia delle religioni Italian Edition. But after the Romanian revolution culiwnu December ofhe became a firebrand. Culianu’s keys and wallet were still in his pocket and his black opal watch was still fastened to his wrist.

The final exam was to predict the future.

The article in Romania Mare, signed by Leonard Gavriliu, the Romanian translator of Freud, offered its own harrowing commentary on the murder site: McGinn, Bernard, “God culkanu Eros: The identity of the killer and the motive are still unknown.


Culianu and Bruno were both forced to flee across Europe—Culianu from repression culiahu Communist Romania, Bruno from accusations of heresy. The far rightist newspaper Romania Mare Greater Romaniapublished by former Ceausescu supporters, attacked political science professor Vladimir Tismaneanu: It was far more.

25 Years Later, Assassinated Professor Remembered

Culianu wrote proficiently in six languages. The revolution against Nicolae Ceausescu seemed at first a joyful reversal of Romania’s dark history. One of his graduate students, Alexander Arguelles, was presenting a paper to the faculty for the first time cuilanu day.

All agree that many officials in the postrevolutionary government are veterans of the Ceausescu regime and share much of its contempt for democracy.

Mentored by Mircea Eliade, Culianu specialized in the history of Renaissance magic and mysticism. He called for investigation of Romania’s genocide of hundreds of thousands of Jews. Views Read Edit View history. It is not surprising that Ioan Culianu worried about retaliation, and thought cuoianu saw evidence of it.