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WACH, JOACHIM [FURTHER CONSIDERATIONS]. True to his highly cultured family background, Joachim Wach remained a passionate devotee of music, literature, and the arts throughout his life. This devotion dovetailed with his scholarly interest in religions. During his years as a student at Leipzig, where he majored in the history of religions and minored in philosophy of religion and "Oriental" studies, his friends included poets, musicians, and dancers, in addition to scientists and physicians. After taking his doctorate, he spent two years studying at the University of Heidelberg, where he attended lectures by the eminent historian and literary scholar Friedrich Gundolf (1880–1931), who had a lastingly influence on Wach. It was during those Heidelberg years that Wach became associated with the poet Stefan George (1868–1933), who, with his famous circle, or Kreis, of disciples (including Gundolf, one of Wach's closest links to the group), aspired...

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