An Interview with Professor E.K. Emilsson

An Interview with Professor E.K. Emilsson 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 http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png International Journal of the Platonic Tradition Brill

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Brill
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Copyright © Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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1872-5082
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1872-5473
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10.1163/18725473-12341391
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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

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