By Jon Stewart

whereas Kierkegaard's use of the Greek authors, really Plato and Aristotle, has attracted substantial cognizance through the years, his use of the Roman authors has, in contrast, remained unfortunately missed. This overlook is slightly marvelous given the truth that Kierkegaard was once tremendous good learn in Latin from his early adolescence whilst he attended the Borgerdyd university in Copenhagen. Kierkegaard's curiosity within the Roman authors could be most sensible evidenced by means of his e-book assortment. In his inner most library he had a protracted checklist of Latin titles and Danish translations of the traditional Roman authors in any variety of assorted genres. His large and common use of writers comparable to Cicero, Horace, Terence, Seneca, Suetonius and Ovid essentially warrants putting them within the decide on workforce of his significant assets. The chapters during this quantity exhibit that Kierkegaard made use of the Roman assets in a few other ways. His readings from the Borgerdyd university appear to have caught with him as an grownup. He consistently refers to Roman authors, equivalent to Livy, Nepos, and Suetonius for vibrant tales and anecdotes. additionally, he avails himself of pregnant sayings or formulations from the Roman authors, whilst acceptable. yet his use of those authors isn't only as a rhetorical resource. he's additionally profoundly attracted to the Roman philosophy of Cicero, Seneca and Marcus Aurelius. equally, simply as he's fascinated about Tacitus' portrayal of the early Christians, so additionally he's amused via the humour of Terence and Apuleius. briefly, the Roman authors serve to complement any variety of various elements of Kierkegaard's authorship with recognize to either content material and form.

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