Internationally renowned in the field of Philology—having deciphered (along with Michael Ventris) an ancient Mycean dialect known as Linear B—Dr Chadwick turns his attention to Swedenborg and the art of translation. Written over a period of twelve years, these essays offer an ideal introduction for those seeking a clearer understanding of Swedenborg’s work and the historical context in which they were written.
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A personal Tribute to John Chadwick
1—Swedenborg and his Readers
2—On Translating The True Christian Religion
3—On Conjugial Love
4—On the Worlds in Space
5—The Translator and the Latin Text
Bibliography of the Books cited
JOHN CHADWICK was educated at St Paul’s School and Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. During the Second World War he was stationed at the now famous Bletchley Park. In 1950 he published The Medical Works of Hippocrates, co-authored with his cousin, William Neville Mann, a distinguished physician and he also worked on the Oxford Latin Dictionary before beginning a Classics lectureship at Cambridge in 1952. That year he began working with Michael Ventris on the progressive decipherment of Linear B, the two writing Documents in Mycenean Greek in 1956. In 1958 he published The Decipherment of Linear B and later became a Fellow of the British Academy and of Downing College, Cambridge. He was also the fourth (and last) Perceval Maitland Laurence Reader in Classics at Cambridge. He was a member of the Swedenborg Society Advisory and Revisions board for over 50 years. The titles he translated during that time include; The True Christian Religion (in 2 volumes); The Last Judgment; The Worlds in Space; Conjugial Love; and he also edited and compiled A Lexicon to the Latin Text of the Theological Writings of Emanuel Swedenborg.