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Janez Vesel (12 September 1798 – 26 March 1884), known by his pen name Jovan Koseski (Slovenian conventions also Jovan Vesel Koseski or Jovan Vesel – Koseski, and (less often ) Janez Vesel – Koseski, Janez Vesel Koseski, or Ivan Vesel-Koseski),[Note 1] was a Slovene lawyer and poet.
Born as Janez Vesel in Spodnje Koseze in the Duchy of Carniola in the Habsburg Monarchy (now in Slovenia), Koseski studied law in Graz and Vienna and worked in Trieste for most of his professional life. In his student years he mostly wrote in German. In 1818 his sonnet Potažba was printed and was the first sonnet ever printed in Slovene. No further works by Koseski are known until 1844, when he published his ode Slovenija, dedicated to Emperor Ferdinand, widely regarded as his best work, in which he describes the history of the Slovene lands since Roman times. After this he continued writing and also translating poetry.
His ode Slovenja is the earliest known printed use of the word Slovenia to describe the Slovene lands.
He was the grandfather of the Austrian-Italian mountaineer and author Julius Kugy.
- The names Janez, Jovan, and Ivan are all variations of the name 'John'.
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- M.P. 1898. "Ivan Vesel-Koseski, slovenski pesnik" Dom in svet 11(23).
- Keber, Janez. 1988. Leksikon imen. Izvor imen na Slovenskem. Celje: Mohorjeva družba, p. 213.
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