Nietzsche and Antiquity

Nietzsche and Antiquity

His Reaction and Response to the Classical Tradition

Edited by Paul Bishop


Camden House



Wide-ranging essays making up the first major study of Nietzsche and the classical tradition in a quarter of a century.
This volume collects a wide-ranging set of essays examining Friedrich Nietzsche's engagement with antiquity in all its aspects. It investigates Nietzsche's reaction and response to the concept of "classicism," with particular reference to his work on Greek culture as a philologist in Basel and later as a philosopher of modernity, and to his reception of German classicism in all his texts. The book should be of interest to students of ancient history and classics, philosophy, comparative literature, and Germanistik. Taken together, these papers suggest that classicism is both a more significant, and a more contested, concept for Nietzsche than is often realized, and it demonstrates the need for a return to a close attention to the intellectual-historical context in terms of which Nietzsche saw himself operating. An awareness of the rich variety of academic backgrounds, methodologies, and techniques of reading evinced in these chapters is perhaps the only way for the contemporary scholar to come to grips with what classicism meant for Nietzsche, and hence what Nietzsche means for us today. The book is divided into five sections -- The Classical Greeks; Pre-Socratics and Pythagoreans, Cynics and Stoics; Nietzsche and the Platonic Tradition; Contestations; and German Classicism -- and constitutes the first major study of Nietzsche and the classical tradition in a quarter of a century.

Contributors: Jessica N. Berry, Benjamin Biebuyck, Danny Praet and Isabelle Vanden Poel, Paul Bishop, R. Bracht Branham, Thomas Brobjer, David Campbell, Alan Cardew, Roy Elveton, Christian Emden, Simon Gillham, John Hamilton, Mark Hammond, Albert Henrichs, Dirk t.D. Held, David F. Horkott, Dylan Jaggard, Fiona Jenkins, Anthony K. Jensen, Laurence Lampert, Nicholas Martin, Thomas A. Meyer, Burkhard Meyer-Sickendiek, John S. Moore, Neville Morley, David N. McNeill, James I. Porter, Martin A. Ruehl, Herman Siemens, Barry Stocker, Friedrich Ulfers and Mark Daniel Cohen, and Peter Yates.

Paul Bishop is William Jacks Chair of Modern Languages at the University of Glasgow.


February 2004
519 pages
9x6 in
Studies in German Literature Linguistics and Culture
ISBN: 9781571132826
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
Camden House
BISAC PHI016000, LIT004190
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Table of Contents

Nietzsche, Homer, and the Classical Tradition - James I. Porter
"Unhistorical Greeks": Myth, History, and the Uses of Antiquity - Neville Morley
Breeding Greeks: Nietzsche, Gobineau, and Classical Theories of Race - Nicholas Martin
Ecce Philologus: Nietzsche and Pindar's Second Pythian Ode - John Hamilton
Nietzsche, Aristotle, and Propositional Discourse - Peter Yates
"Politeia" 1871: Young Nietzsche on the Greek State - Martin A. Ruehl
Nietzsche and Democritus: The Origins of Ethical Eudaimonism - Jessica N. Berry
"Full of Gods": Nietzsche on Greek Polytheism and Culture - Albert Henrichs
An Impossible Virtue: Heraclitean Justice and Nietzsche's Second Untimely Meditation - Simon Gillham
Cults and Migrations: Nietzsche's Meditations on Orphism, Pythagoreanism, and the Greek Mysteries - Isabelle Vanden Poel
Cults and Migrations: Nietzsche's Meditations on Orphism, Pythagoreanism, and the Greek Mysteries - Danny Praet
Cults and Migrations: Nietzsche's Meditations on Orphism, Pythagoreanism, and the Greek Mysteries - Benjamin Biebuyck
Nietzsche's Cynicism: Uppercase or lowercase? - R. Bracht Branham
Nietzsche's Unpublished Fragments on Ancient Cynicism: The First Night of Diogenes - Anthony K. Jensen
Nietzsche's Stoicism: The Depths Are Inside - R. O. Elveton
Nietzsche and Plato - Laurence Lampert
Nietzsche, Nehemas, and "Self-Creation" - Thomas A. Meyer
God Unpicked - John S. Moore
Nietzsche's Wrestling with Plato and Platonism - Thomas Brobjer
On the Relationship of Alcibiades' Speech to Nietzsche's "Problem of Socrates" - David N. McNeill
Dionysus versus Dionysus - Dylan Jaggard
Rhetoric, Judgment, and the Art of Surprise in Nietzsche's Genealogy - Fiona Jenkins
How Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morals Depicts Psychological Distance between Ancients and Moderns - David F. Horkott
Nietzsche's Aesthetic Solution to the Problem of Epigonism in the Nineteenth Century - Burkhard Meyer-Sickendiek
From Tragedy to Philosophical Novel - Barry Stocker
Nietzsche, Interpretation, and Truth - David M. A. Campbell
Nietzsche's Remarks on the Classical Tradition: A Prognosis for Western Democracy in the Twenty-First Century - Mark Hammond
The Invention of Antiquity: Nietzsche on Classicism, Classicality, and the Classical Tradition - Christian Emden
Nietzsche and the "Classical": Traditional and Innovative Features of Nietzsche's Usage, with Special Reference to Goethe - Herman Siemens
Conflict and Repose: Dialectics of the Greek Ideal in Nietzsche and Winckelmann - Dirk t. D. Held
Nietzsche's Ontological Roots in Goethe's Classicism - Friedrich Ulfers and Mark Daniel Cohen
Nietzsche's Anti-Christianity as a Return to (German) Classicism - Paul Bishop
The Dioscuri: Nietzsche and Erwin Rohde - Alan Cardew


The present collection is the most wide-ranging attempt yet undertaken to explore Nietzsche's peculiar importance for the history of Classics. It brings together Hellenists, Germanists and philosophers who engage with a whole array of Nietzsche's classical interests, among them Homer, the Presocratics, Socrates and Plato ..., the Cynics, Stoicism, and Greek religion. JOURNAL OF CLASSICS TEACHING

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