Commonly, the 1st decade of Friedrich Nietzsche's occupation is taken into account a type of précis to his mature considering. but his philological articles, lectures, and notebooks on historical Greek tradition and suggestion - a lot of which has got inadequate scholarly cognizance - have been by no means meant to function a preparatory floor to destiny notion. Nietzsche's early scholarship was once meant to precise his insights into the nature of antiquity. a lot of these insights should not simply very important for larger figuring out Nietzsche; they continue to be important for realizing antiquity today.
Interdisciplinary in scope and foreign in standpoint, this quantity investigates Nietzsche as a pupil of antiquity, providing the 1st thorough exam of his articles, lectures, notebooks on historic Greek tradition and inspiration in English. With 11 unique chapters by way of a number of the prime Nietzsche students and classicists from world wide and with reproductions of 2 definitive essays, this booklet analyzes Nietzsche's scholarly tools and goals, his realizing of antiquity, and his impression at the heritage of classical reports.
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It's a piece that, had Nietzsche by no means written one other notice, might have guaranteed his position, albeit a fairly minor one, within the heritage of German philology. And but, for all that, Nietzsche’s Theognidea undertaking has been, with one pleased exception, totally neglected in either Anglophone and ecu Nietzsche scholarship. 2 To redress this lacuna within the literature, it's my function the following, first, to ascertain the genesis of his Theognis venture, particularly, the biographical situations within which Nietzsche composed his essay, the philologists he learn, and those that could later depend on him. moment, i'm going to explicate Nietzsche’s contribution to the so-called Theognidean query, the philological challenge he situated, the answer he proposed, and the reactions of students to it. eventually, i'm going to weigh the price of Nietzsche’s article on Theognis as a paradigm of his early philological tools. three 1. Nietzsche’s Schulpforta Valediktionsarbeit earlier than Wagner, ahead of Schopenhauer, prior to Burckhardt, Ritschl, Jahn, Rohde, and Overbeck, and certainly ahead of Bonn, Leipzig, and Basel, Nietzsche confirmed real expertise and curiosity in philology from his time on the well-respected Schulpforta, which Nietzsche attended from 1858–64. four There it was once no longer unusual that scholars, who at the present time will be thought of high-schoolers and collegiate lower-classmen, have been anticipated to compose an intensive and unique piece of analysis (often in Latin) 9781472511522_txt_print. indd ninety nine 25/11/2013 13:30 100 Nietzsche as a student of Antiquity that served as a kind of exit-thesis or Valediktionsarbeit. much less universal, notwithstanding no longer thoroughly targeted, was once the technical flair Nietzsche confirmed in his essay “De Theognide Megarensi” (BAW three, 21–64; hereafter DTM). via the summer season of 1864, after a frantic time table, Nietzsche had accomplished 3 sections (to Deussen, July eight, 1864; KSB 1, 290; see additionally Janz 1993, 123). Rushed for commencement in September, Nietzsche writes with a few embarrassment to his pal Wilhelm Pinder, “This afternoon i started my paintings on Theognis, 5 columns are already comprehensive; the Latin kind is laughable [scherzhaft]; at the present time I’ve already had a couple of probabilities to mock all these brief little questions” (to Pinder, July four, 1864; KSB 1, 287–8). regardless of his attribute deepest reservations at this degree in his profession, the piece was once good looked, even praised via his Schulpforta academics Wilhelm Corssen and Dietrich Volkmann. Nietzsche many times composed letters to friends and family bringing up the unforeseen generosity either academics confirmed him of their corrections and recommendation, and in utilizing their expert connections to acquire another way hard-tofind resources. And Volkmann’s cordiality along with his former instructor Friedrich Ritschl used to be potentially a contributing issue to Nietzsche’s matriculation at Bonn. Even years after Nietzsche had left Pforta, either students persisted to aid Nietzsche with revisions in the direction of the broadcast model. “I am walled in through books—thanks to Corssen’s unusual generosity. i need to additionally point out Volkmann, who has freely helped me, specially with the full Suidas [sic.