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Dr Rasmus Sevelsted

Dr Rasmus Sevelsted

Postdoc Fellow, Carlsberg Foundation (Internationalisation Fellowship)

Research Associate, Sidney Sussex College


Research Interests

In my PhD (University of Copenhagen) I examined uses of allegorical imagery in Plato and early Greek literature; I am currently turning my thesis into a monograph. My postdoctoral research project focuses on poetics and aesthetics in Plato’s Republic. I am particularly interested in Plato’s positive views of poetry in the dialogue (as a counterpart to the much-discussed quarrel with Homer and tragedy) and his own poetic idealism and utopianism. Some first fruits of this project are under publication as ”Hymns and Encomia: Utopian Poetics in Plato’s Republic” (in Emmanuelle Jouët-Pastré (ed.): Political Fictions in Platonic Dialogues, Rue d’Ulm).

I also have an interest in Søren Kierkegaard’s works, and have edited several texts in the new critical edition of his writings (Søren Kierkegaards Skrifter) and written pieces for the accompanying volumes. Some thoughts on the importance of Plato for Kierkegaard’s literary style will appear later this year under the title “Plato as a model for Kierkegaard’s literary strategy” (in H. Deuser & M. Kleinert (eds): Sokratische Ortlosigkeit: Kierkegaards Idee des religiösen Schriftstellers, Karl Alber).

Finally, as a translator of Greek texts into Danish (including several of Plato’s dialogues), I have an interest in practical and theoretical aspects of translation.

Upcoming events

Illustrating Ancient History: Bringing the Past to the Present

Nov 03, 2020

Cast Gallery, Museum of Classical Archaeology, Sidgwick Avenue, CB3 9DA

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The Faculty of Classics is delighted to have reached an agreement with Cambridge University Press by which, for the next three years, five volumes a year in the Cambridge Classical Studies Series (monographs on Classical topics written by academics working in or recently trained in Cambridge) will be published Gold Open Access without charge to the author or the Faculty. This is a significant initiative, designed to maximise the impact of the excellent Classical research being done in Cambridge.

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