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Mordechai Feingold

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198743651

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198743651.001.0001

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The Formal Presence of the Ancients

The Formal Presence of the Ancients

References to Ancient Greek and Roman Authors in Medical and Political Science Dissertations, ca. 1625–1850

(p.55) The Formal Presence of the Ancients
History of Universities

Anna Fredriksson

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the classical tradition in Sweden. First, it examines the presence of the classics in the literature produced by university students and teachers. The study is based on the assumption that changes in discourse and discourse practices reflect and stimulate changes in the disciplines themselves and in the society of which they are part. To survey the extent of any classical presence in that literature would be one way to investigate the extent to which the classics dominated the discourse and constituted the frame of reference for the educated stratum of Sweden in various periods. Second, it comments on the results of these investigations, partly by evaluating the method used, and partly by discussing the outward changes in or circumstances of the university milieu corresponding to these results. It then identifies changes in circumstances which are explained in the basic historical literature for the period. It then addresses some practices relevant to the classical tradition in Sweden, relating to the process of writing in the academic milieu.

Keywords:   Sweden, classical tradition, Swedish universities, classical literature

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