Classical Culture and European Identity: Pagan Antiquity in the Writings of Pope Benedict XVI


  • Mateusz Stróżyński Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań, Poland



Joseph Ratzinger, Benedict XVI, Christianity, Catholicism, theology, classical tradition, reception of classics, Plato


Classical Culture and European Identity: Pagan Antiquity in the Writings of Pope Benedict XVI

The paper analyses the attitude of Joseph Ratzinger, pope Benedict XVI, towards classical culture and tradition. A careful analysis of the pope’s writings makes it obvious that he addresses Europe’s classical heritage with respect and deep understanding. A number of case studies analysed in the paper allows the reader to see a variety of perspectives on classical antiquity, present in the writings of Benedict XVI.


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How to Cite

Stróżyński, M. “Classical Culture and European Identity: Pagan Antiquity in the Writings of Pope Benedict XVI”. Classica Cracoviensia, vol. 17, Dec. 2014, pp. 171-88, doi:10.12797/CC.17.2014.17.10.