Nietzsche and Antiquity: His Reaction and Response to the Classical Tradition

Hardcover (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $99.58
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (6) from $99.58   
  • New (5) from $99.58   
  • Used (1) from $111.64   


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.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
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
Read More Show Less

Product Details

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Nietzsche, Homer, and the Classical Tradition 7
"Unhistorical Greeks": Myth, History, and the Uses of Antiquity 27
Breeding Greeks: Nietzsche, Gobineau, and Classical Theories of Race 40
Ecce Philologus: Nietzsche and Pindar's Second Pythian Ode 54
Nietzsche, Aristotle, and Propositional Discourse 70
"Politeia" 1871: Young Nietzsche on the Greek State 79
Nietzsche and Democritus: The Origins of Ethical Eudaimonism 98
"Full of Gods": Nietzsche on Greek Polytheism and Culture 114
An Impossible Virtue: Heraclitean Justice and Nietzsche's Second Untimely Meditation 139
Cults and Migrations: Nietzsche's Meditations on Orphism, Pythagoreanism, and the Greek Mysteries 151
Nietzsche's Cynicism: Uppercase or lowercase? 170
Nietzsche's Unpublished Fragments on Ancient Cynicism: The First Night of Diogenes 182
Nietzsche's Stoicism: The Depths Are Inside 192
Nietzsche and Plato 205
Nietzsche, Nehemas, and "Self-Creation" 220
God Unpicked 228
Nietzsche's Wrestling with Plato and Platonism 241
On the Relationship of Alcibiades' Speech to Nietzsche's "Problem of Socrates" 260
Dionysus versus Dionysus 277
Rhetoric, Judgment, and the Art of Surprise in Nietzsche's Genealogy 295
How Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morals Depicts Psychological Distance between Ancients and Moderns 310
Nietzsche's Aesthetic Solution to the Problem of Epigonism in the Nineteenth Century 318
From Tragedy to Philosophical Novel 329
Nietzsche, Interpretation, and Truth 343
Nietzsche's Remarks on the Classical Tradition: A Prognosis for Western Democracy in the Twenty-First Century 361
The Invention of Antiquity: Nietzsche on Classicism, Classicality, and the Classical Tradition 372
Nietzsche and the "Classical": Traditional and Innovative Features of Nietzsche's Usage, with Special Reference to Goethe 391
Conflict and Repose: Dialectics of the Greek Ideal in Nietzsche and Winckelmann 411
Nietzsche's Ontological Roots in Goethe's Classicism 425
Nietzsche's Anti-Christianity as a Return to (German) Classicism 441
The Dioscuri: Nietzsche and Erwin Rohde 458
Notes on the Contributors 479
Index 485
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)