Eyjolfur K. Emilsson is Professor of Ancient Philosophy at the University of Oslo. He lives with his wife, an architect, and their teenage son in a converted eighteenth century farmhouse in Oslo. I took advantage of a holiday in Norway to visit him with a view to discussing Plotinian matters in general and his own interest in the Enneads in particular. Although informal, the conversation was of such a level of interest that it seemed worth summarising the main points for the benefit of readers of this journal.Suzanne Stern-Gillet: How did you come to Plotinus?EKE: By a somewhat circuitous route. I entered the University of Iceland in Reykjavik in 1973 as a student of philosophy and French language and literature, but quickly switched off from French to Classics, where I felt much happier. My study of French, although brief, gave me a useful working knowledge of the language in which so much has been published on Neoplatonism.SSG: When did you decide to specialise in ancient philosophy?EKE: Pretty much at the end of my undergraduate around 1976 studies as I was working on my undergraduate dissertation on Plato’s ethics, which included a translation of the Gorgias, Previously, I had some
International Journal of the Platonic Tradition – Brill
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