JB Imaginative

I was born in Uppsala, Sweden, but emigrated with my family to New York City in my early teens, where I spent my high school and most of my college years, studying the languages and literatures of ancient Greece, Rome, Germany, and France. Upon graduation I left the United States for over a decade, completing my M.A. in Ancient Greek and Latin in Germany, at the University of Heidelberg, where I also served as an adjunct professor, and my Ph.D. in Philosophy, Greek, and Latin, at the same university, though most of my time devoted to the latter degree was spent as a guest researcher in France and Italy. Upon completion of the doctorate I went through a volunteer teaching stint in Otjombinde, Namibia, after which I became a professor of Greek, Latin, and Philosophy at the American University of Paris. At the beginning of 2014 I chose to withdraw from my position and to return to the U.S., where I now reside, in order to concentrate on my writing.

I write mainly philosophy and poetry, with forays into other media as well, such as a memoir and an opera libretto. Though our modern prejudices often lead us to believe that there is a specific way that a poet should be or that a philosopher should be, and that the two have little to do with one another, my life is essentially a mixture of theory and art, and in this regard I take my cue from such gentlemen as Lessing, Schiller, Novalis, and T.S. Eliot. My work focuses mainly on aesthetics, ethics, contemporary culture, political philosophy, the philosophy of religion, and the philosophy of history, and my poetry deals mostly with love and various objects I find. My search for Greekness in all things is a continuing motivation, and the beauty of the ancient Greek is everywhere, for those willing to see it.

My current violin, made in the Saxon town of Markneukirchen, German Empire, in 1902.

My main hobby is also one of the great loves of my life: the violin, which I play every day (indeed to supplement my income I privately teach the violin, as well as modern and classical languages). My second hobby is physical training: Part of not just studying but living the Greek spirit involves, for me, a devotion to athleticism. To the often more monistically minded Greeks, the physical and mental aspects would each be unthinkable without the other. The strong and healthy body is not beautiful unless accompanied by an even more ardent cultivation of the mind and spirit.