Raffaele Pettazzoni (San Giovanni in Persiceto, 1883 – Roma, 1959) and Károly Marót (Arad, 1885 – Budapest, 1963) were born around the same period in two different countries with very strong contrasts in language but not in culture (pervaded by Catholicism) and parallel historical trajectories (for a long time part of the same political space). They had a parallel career (both became full professors in 1923-24, Pettazzoni in Rome, Marót first in Szeged and then in Budapest). The Hungarian outlived his Italian peer for a few years and wrote a sympathetic obituary in his memory. Pettazzoni was a classicist in his formation but in a very short time he took his path to the science of universal religious history and became a generalist, the most prominent comparative historian of religions of his époque. Marót was a professor of classical philology primarily concerned with Greek mythologic themes (especially derived from Homer), but shared with his colleague an interest in folklore, comparison and phenomenology. They met first at Lund in 1929 and maintained an intense epistolary correspondence until Pettazzoni’s death. It was thanks to their joint efforts that in October 1957 the Hungarian group of historians of religions became affiliated with the IAHR: Marót was its first president. With regard to the (so far unacknowledged) role played by Marót in the field of the study of religion, it has to be recognized that he was a remarkable, lucid theoretician, precursor of two approaches that were to become dominant in the developments of the discipline.

Raffaele Pettazzoni and Károly Marót, Companions in Arms in the Field of the History of Religions

CASADIO, Giovanni
2014

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Raffaele Pettazzoni (San Giovanni in Persiceto, 1883 – Roma, 1959) and Károly Marót (Arad, 1885 – Budapest, 1963) were born around the same period in two different countries with very strong contrasts in language but not in culture (pervaded by Catholicism) and parallel historical trajectories (for a long time part of the same political space). They had a parallel career (both became full professors in 1923-24, Pettazzoni in Rome, Marót first in Szeged and then in Budapest). The Hungarian outlived his Italian peer for a few years and wrote a sympathetic obituary in his memory. Pettazzoni was a classicist in his formation but in a very short time he took his path to the science of universal religious history and became a generalist, the most prominent comparative historian of religions of his époque. Marót was a professor of classical philology primarily concerned with Greek mythologic themes (especially derived from Homer), but shared with his colleague an interest in folklore, comparison and phenomenology. They met first at Lund in 1929 and maintained an intense epistolary correspondence until Pettazzoni’s death. It was thanks to their joint efforts that in October 1957 the Hungarian group of historians of religions became affiliated with the IAHR: Marót was its first president. With regard to the (so far unacknowledged) role played by Marót in the field of the study of religion, it has to be recognized that he was a remarkable, lucid theoretician, precursor of two approaches that were to become dominant in the developments of the discipline.
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