E. Christian Kopff

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E. Christian Kopff
Born 22 November 1946
Brooklyn, New York
Awards Jacob Van Ek Mentor Award
Website www.colorado.edu/honors/faculty/e-christian-kopff
Academic background
Alma mater Haverford College
Academic work
Era 1973–present
Institutions University of Colorado Boulder

E. Christian Kopff (born 22 November 1946, Brooklyn, New York[1]) is Associate Professor of Classics, Director of the Center for Western Civilization, and Associate Director of the Honors Program at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he has taught since 1973. He is a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome and has been awarded grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the CU Committee on Research.


Kopff studied at St. Paul's School (Garden City, New York) before attending Haverford College, from which he received his undergraduate diploma summa cum laude. His doctoral degree in Classics was awarded by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.[citation needed]

Sociopolitical views[edit]

He has been described as a paleoconservative,[2] and as such he has cited religious and cultural grounds for supporting capital punishment,[3] and described modern American society as a "leftist hegemony"[4] in a piece encouraging "members of the American Alternative Right" to read the works of the Italian right-wing traditionalist philosopher Julius Evola prior to embarking on his own translation of two of Evola's works analyzing Italian Fascism and Nazism.

Kopff is a member of the H.L. Mencken club, which has been listed by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a white nationalist organization.[5] He has also contributed to The Occidental Quarterly, which the Southern Poverty Law Center identifies as a white nationalist publication.[6]

Selected publications[edit]


  • "Virgil and the cyclic epics". Aufstieg und Niedergang der römischen Welt. Berlin/New York: W. de Gruyter. 2 (31 part 2): 919–947. 1972. OCLC 844487794. 
  • "Understanding civilization as narrative". Academic Questions. Springer Verlag. 2 (2): 17–21. June 1989. doi:10.1007/BF02682815. ISSN 0895-4852. 
  • The Devil Knows Latin: Why America Needs the Classical Tradition. Intercollegiate Studies Institute. 1999. ISBN 978-1-882926251. 
  • "Julius Evola & Radical Traditionalism". National Policy Institute.  later reprinted as Julius Evola, an Introduction


  • Euripides (1982). Bacchae (critical ed.). BSB Teubner, rpt. Coloquio. ISBN 978-8486093716. [7]
  • Pieper, Josef (June 2008) [1970]. Tradition: Concept and Claim [Überlieferung : Begriff und Anspruch]. Intercollegiate Studies Institute. ISBN 978-1-933859545. 
  • Evola, Julius (25 February 2013) [1974]. Fascism Viewed from the Right [Il fascismo visto dalla destra]. Arktos Media. ISBN 978-1-907166921. 
  • Evola, Julius (10 June 2013) [1974]. Notes on the Third Reich [Note sul terzo Reich]. Arktos Media. ISBN 978-1-907166938. 


  1. ^ "E. Christian Kopff – Honors Program". University of Colorado Boulder. Regents of the University of Colorado. Archived from the original on 28 August 2015. Retrieved 18 July 2015. 
  2. ^ Francis, Samuel (16 December 2002). "The Paleo Persuasion". The American Conservative. The American Ideas Institute. Retrieved 19 July 2015. 
  3. ^ LaPoint, Nissa (4 February 2014). "Professors debate death penalty: retribution or mercy?". Denver Catholic. Archdiocese of Denver. Retrieved 18 July 2015. Kopff, who’s written a book about America’s need for classical tradition, argued for the death penalty based on the extensive history of cultures and Christian thinkers who supported it. “The widespread acceptance of capital punishment … in so many different cultures and nations is a solid argument in its favor,” he said. In Western tradition, he mentioned ancient Jews, Greeks and Romans who acknowledged the right to capital punishment. The Church’s Council of Trent and leading Christians like Pope Pius XII, St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas all wrote in favor of it, even using logical arguments not based on tradition, he said. 
  4. ^ "Julius Evola, an Introduction". Radix Journal. National Policy Institute. 12 December 2014. Retrieved 19 July 2015. Many Americans detest the leftist hegemony we live under, but still want to preserve a toehold on respectability by compromising with modern ideas. 
  5. ^ Merlan, Anna (10 July 2013). "Is the H.L. Mencken Club an Extremist Hate Group, or Just a Bunch of Weary Old White Guys?". Village Voice. Retrieved 5 April 2017. 
  6. ^ "Occidental Quarterly". Southern Poverty Law Center. Retrieved 20 August 2017. 
  7. ^ Oranje, Hans (1987). "Reviewed Work: Euripides, Bacchae by E. Christian Kopff". Gnomon. Verlag C.H.Beck. 59 (1): 7–10. ISSN 0017-1417. JSTOR 27689464. 

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