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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

Conservation Week: Medusa, the Return

Dec 10, 2019

Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics

Philology and Linguistics

Feb 19, 2020

1.11

The Corbett Lecture 2019

Feb 24, 2020

G.19

Athens: Economy & Democracy Conference (in honour of P. Millett)

Jul 09, 2020

Faculty of Classics and Downing College, Cambridge

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Leverhulme Early Career Fellowships 2020

Nov 15, 2019

Details of how to apply for this scheme are now available online.

Byvanck Chair of Classical Archaeology/Art History

Oct 30, 2019

The Faculty is delighted to announce that Professor Caroline Vout has been appointed to the Byvanck Chair of Classical Archaeology/Art History, a visiting professorship at the University of Leiden. The appointment is for five years from Michaelmas 2019.

Myles Burnyeat

Sep 23, 2019

The Faculty is very sorry to have to report the death, aged 80, of Myles Burnyeat, Laurence Professor of Ancient Philosophy from 1984 to 1996, and honorary Fellow of Robinson, on Friday 20th September.

2019 Gifford Lectures

Jun 04, 2019

Professor Beard's Gifford Lectures (University of Edinburgh), on The Ancient World and Us: From Fear and Loathing to Enlightenment and Ethics, are now available on line.

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