Emanuel Swedenborg (then Swedberg) wrote his panegyric on Charles XII to celebrate the King’s return from Turkish territory in November 1714. The little prose work offers interesting material for a comparative study of Swedish Neo-Latin around 1700, a period rich in talented authors in the Latin tongue. Furthermore it gives a picture of Swedish political ideas and propaganda during the Great Northern War. Although the panegyric adheres to the themes that were characteristic of the genre, it also contains features and ideas that mirror Swedenborg’s early intellectual development. There is a manifest influence from Olof Rudbeck the elder and from “Gothic” historiography. The language is strongly inspired by the Augustan poets, above all by Ovid.
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