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Volume 3: Kierkegaard and the Roman World

Edited by Jon Stewart

© 2009 – Routledge

248 pages

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While Kierkegaard's use of the Greek authors, particularly Plato and Aristotle, has attracted considerable attention over the years, his use of the Roman authors has, by contrast, remained sadly neglected. This neglect is somewhat surprising given the fact that Kierkegaard was extremely well read in Latin from his early youth when he attended the Borgerdyd School in Copenhagen. Kierkegaard's interest in the Roman authors is perhaps best evidenced by his book collection. In his private library he had a long list of Latin titles and Danish translations of the standard Roman authors in any number of different genres. His extensive and frequent use of writers such as Cicero, Horace, Terence, Seneca, Suetonius and Ovid clearly warrants placing them in the select group of his major sources. The chapters in this volume demonstrate that Kierkegaard made use of the Roman sources in a number of different ways. His readings from the Borgerdyd school seem to have stuck with him as an adult. He constantly refers to Roman authors, such as Livy, Nepos, and Suetonius for colourful stories and anecdotes. In addition, he avails himself of pregnant sayings or formulations from the Roman authors, when appropriate. But his use of these authors is not merely as a rhetorical source. He is also profoundly interested in the Roman philosophy of Cicero, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius. Similarly, just as he is fascinated by Tacitus' portrayal of the early Christians, so also he is amused by the humour of Terence and Apuleius. In short, the Roman authors serve to enrich any number of different aspects of Kierkegaard's authorship with respect to both content and form.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Apuleius: direct and possible indirect influences on the thought of Kierkegaard, Stacey E. Ake; Cicero: a handy Roman companion: Marcus Tullius Cicero's appearance in Kierkegaard's works, Thomas Eske Rasmussen; Horace: the art of poetry and the search for the good life, Thomas Miles; Livy: The History of Rome in Kierkegaard's works, Nataliya Vorobyova; Marcus Aurelius: Kierkegaard's use and abuse of the stoic emperor, Rick Anthony Furtak; Nepos: traces of Kierkegaard's use of an edifying Roman biographer, Jon Stewart; Ovid: of love and exile: Kierkegaard's appropriation of Ovid, Steven P. Sondrup; Sallust: Kierkegaard's scarce use of a great Roman historian, Niels W. Bruun; Seneca: Disjecta Membra in Kierkegaard's writings, Niels W. Brunn; Suetonius: exemplars of truth and madness: Kierkegaard's proverbial uses of Suetonius' Lives, Sebastian Høeg Gulmann; Tacitus: Christianity as odium generis humani, Jon Stewart; Terence: traces of Roman comedy in Kierkegaard's writings, Mikkel Larsen; Valerius Maximus: moral Exempla in Kierkegaard's writings, Nataliya Vorobyova; Virgil: from farms to empire: Kierkegaard's understanding of a Roman poet, Steven P. Sondrup; Indexes.

About the Editor

Jon Stewart is an Associate Research Professor in the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

About the Series

Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources

Kierkegaard Research: Sources, Reception and Resources
The Kierkegaard Research Series is a multi volume series dedicated to a systematic coverage of all aspects of Kierkegaard Studies. Interdisciplinary in nature, the series combines articles on philosophy, theology, literature, psychology and history written by the leading international Kierkegaard scholars arranged into thematically organised volumes. Each volume contains a detailed introduction, written by the editors, which traces the history of the given theme in Kierkegaard studies and an extensive index making it easy to find where the specific themes, works and persons are treated. Under the editorial supervision and organisation of the Søren Kierkegaard Research Centre at The University of Copenhagen, this series serves as both a reference work for Kierkegaard students and as a forum for new research. The series is divided into three main parts; 'Kierkegaard’s Sources' includes articles which perform source-work research in order to discover and document the numerous sources of Kierkegaard’s thought; 'Kierkegaard's Reception' includes articles treating the countless aspects of the reception of Kierkegaard’s thought and writings in the different research traditions and the third section is for reference works including an extensive bibliography of works on Kierkegaard and a volume containing a list of the books Kierkegaard owned as they appear in the auction catalogue of his library. The Kierkegaard Research series is the most important, significant and comprehensive publishing treatment in English of the work and impact of Soren Kierkegaard.

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