BOGOTA -- (EFE) -- Writer, historian, journalist and diplomat
Angueyra, hailed as one of the greatest Colombian thinkers of this century, died
from old age Tuesday just days before his 99th birthday.
Arciniegas, author of Biografia del Caribe (Biography of the Caribbean)
America, Tierra Firme, was called ``Colombia's man and intellectual of the
century.'' He left a vast body of work in literature, history and journalism.
Arciniegas also received a law degree from the National University of Bogota and
served as education minister on two occasions, as well as holding tenure as a
university professor and founding several literary magazines, including Correo de
Los Andes (Andean Newsletter) and Revista de las Indias (Indies Review).
Journalist and writer German Santamaria, who recently wrote an
Arciniegas, called him ``the youngest old man in the country'' and the ``living
history of our nation.''
Arciniegas' legacy includes more than 60 books and 15,000 articles,
different newspapers in the Americas and Europe.