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Essays in Classics, Comparative Literature, and Philosophy Presented to Professor Roy Arthur Swanson on the Occasion of his Seventy-Fifth Birthday

Chad Matthew Schroeder

In the course of an academic career spanning five decades, Professor Roy Arthur Swanson established himself as an internationally recognized scholar and outstanding teacher in Classics and literary studies. He is the author of five books and the co-author of three books, and has been active as an editor and contributor of articles and reviews to scholarly publications.
Twelve former students, colleagues, and friends have contributed papers in honor of Professor Swanson’s seventy-fifth birthday. These papers all touch on subjects close to his heart, ranging from Greek, Roman, Italian, Scandinavian, and German literary studies to modern pop culture.

«Friends, colleagues, and former students of Professor Roy Arthur Swanson have joined together to create a ‘Festschrift’ in his honor that mirrors his wide-ranging interests as a scholar and teacher. In this volume we find perceptive accounts of Aristotelian and pop aesthetics, of Greek and Scandinavian tragedy, of aspects of St. Augustine’s world, of Renaissance humanism, and much more. Professor Swanson will surely be proud of the worthy gift he has been offered, and many of us will find stimulation and enlightenment in the articles which have been collected as a tribute to him.» (Leon Golden, Professor Emeritus of Classical Languages, Florida State University)
«This diverse, often thought-provoking collection of essays offers a gracious tribute to an inspirational scholar and teacher. High points include E. D. Blodgett’s impassioned discussion of ‘the scholar’s art’, H.-F. Mueller’s illuminating analysis of Orosius’ rhetoric, and D. Mulroy’s lively new translations of ancient poetry. Professor Roy Arthur Swanson inspired a variety of characteristically spirited approaches to literature, and glimpses of his wide-ranging and insightful teaching and scholarship, his own important translations, and his warm support and encouragement of colleagues and students appear throughout. P. G. Christensen’s intriguing essay on friendship in Alberti’s writings is especially evocative of the spirit of collegiality that led to the creation of this volume.» (Joan Burton, Professor and Chair of the Department of Classical Studies, Trinity University)