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Classical Humanism and the Challenge of Modernity by Bas van Bommel

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19 th-century classical humanism: the case of Karl Gottfried Siebelis (1769 – 1843)

“So oft Siebelis die Classe betrat, war ein würdevoller Ernst über sein Antlitz verbreitet. In langsamen, gemessenen Schritten bestieg er das Katheder. Gleich beim Anfange der Stunde sah und hörte man, daß er vom Gegenstande auf’s tiefste erfüllt war und mit ganzer Seele darin lebte und webte.” (Karl Ameis, 1845)

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Lithograph (1841) by Julius Fiebiger (1813 – 1883).54

Introduction

In this chapter I will describe the ideal of classical education endorsed by the Saxon classicist Karl Gottfried Siebelis (1769 – 1843). As rector of the Gymnasium in Bautzen (Saxony), ...

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