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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.

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The Faculty reports with great sadness the death of John Easterling

Feb 23, 2021

A Fellow of Trinity from 1958, and Secretary of Trinity College Council for very many years, John was a University Assistant Lecturer in Classics (Ancient Philosophy) before he was appointed to the Office of University Draftsman at the Old Schools. John died on 23 February after a long illness.

Facilitating school visits and learning Latin with MoCA

Feb 23, 2021

Justyna Ladosz, Education and Outreach Coordinator in the Museum of Classical Archaeology, explains how she continues to facilitate lessons for school groups whilst the Museum remains closed, and how the Faculty’s students continue to deliver the Learn Latin with MoCA project.

Rebecca Flemming has been appointed a Joukowsky Lecturer

Feb 23, 2021

Dr Rebecca Flemming, Senior Lecturer in Ancient History and Fellow of Jesus College, has been appointed as a Joukowsky Lecturer for the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) for 2020-21. Rebecca also recently featured on BBC Radio 4’s In Our Time discussing the Justinianic Plague.

Gates scholarship

Feb 11, 2021

The Faculty congratulates Emeline McClellan from the University of Georgia on winning a highly competitive US Gates scholarship for pursuing the MPhil in Classics at Cambridge.

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