Fanula Papazoglu

Portrait of Fanula Papazoglu. Photograph by Linguistthess. Source: Wikipedia. License: commons.Φανούλα_Παπαζόγλου.jpg

Fanula Papazoglu is a Macedonian classical philology scholar of Aromanian origin. Her life started in Bitola, where she was born on February 3, 1917. She completed her high school education in Bitola. Afterwards, she studied at the Faculty of Philosophy in Belgrade, at the Department for Classical Philology and Ancient History and Archaeology.

During the Second World War, as a member of the student communist organization, she participated in the National Liberation Movement, because of which she was incarcerated for a year at the Banyitsa Concentration Camp. After the Second World War, she lived in Belgrade, where she had a thriving scholarly career, doing research in the field of Ancient History, numismatics, and epigraphy. Professionally, she was acknowledged in Europe and elected professor emeritus at Sorbonne. In Macedonia, she actively collaborated with the magazine “Zhiva Antika” (“Living Ancient History”) at the Faculty of Philosophy in Skopje, in which from the very first issue (1951), she published important research done in the field of archaeology and ancient history of Macedonia.

The Faculty of Philosophy cultivates the memory on the professional engagement of Fanula Papazoglu with the re-publication of her opus and by displaying her portrait in the classrooms (at the Library of the Institute for History) and in the magazine “Living Ancient History”. At the Bitola High School, which she attended, today her portrait is displayed in the hallway, at the school entrance.

For many students from Fanula Papazoglu’s generation, their high school represented the hub of their personal and political emancipation at the time of political upheaval and restrictions.

High School “Josip Broz-Tito”, Bitola

High School “Josip Broz - Tito”, Boulevard “1. Maj” no. 51, Bitola

The High School “Josip Broz Tito”, one of the oldest educational institutions in Macedonia, today still represents an impressive architectural feat located at the city center, by the river Dragor. At the main entrance, in the hall of the building on the wall to the right can be seen the portraits of the students who later became widely recognized, one of whom is Fana Papazoglu. The location is accessible by car, by bike, or by city transportation. It is accessible for persons with a physical disability.