Anton Aškerc

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Anton Aškerc

Memorial plaque to Anton Aškerc in Ljubljana.

Anton Aškerc (* 9 January 1856 in Rimske Toplice; † 10 June 1912 in Ljubljana) was a Slovenian poet and Catholic priest.

Life and work

Aškerc was born near the village of Rimske Toplice in Slovenian Styria, which was then part of the Austrian Empire, although his exact place of birth is not known[Note 1], as the family was in the process of moving at the time.

After his schooling in Celje, he attended the Catholic seminary in Maribor and became a priest in 1880. In the same year he published his first poem entitled Trije popotniki (“The Three Travellers”) in the literary magazine Ljubljanski zvon. From 1881 he published his first collection of poems, Balade in rom ance (“Ballads and Romances”), under the pseudonym Gorázd, but again under his real name in 1890. It was well received by readers and critics, but criticized by political activists such as Bishop Anton Mahnič, who disliked Aškerc’s national, freethinking, and progressive social ideals. He left the priesthood at an early age and worked in the Ljubljana City Archives until his death.

On 7 June 1912, Aškerc suffered a stroke and was admitted to the Ljubljana Regional Hospital, where he died in the early hours of 10 June 1912.[1] As an honorary member of the Support Association for Slovene Writers, the deceased was laid to rest on 12 June 1912 in the association’s crypt (St. Christopher’s Cemetery, Ljubljana)[2] to his final resting place.[3]

One of the main streets of Ljubljana and many squares in Slovenia are named after Anton Aškerc.

Works (selection)

  • Richard Batka: The Last Watch. Dramatic scene. After the ballad of the same name by Anton Aškerc, by Richard Batka. Dürerbund für Österreich, Prague 1905. – Full text online.
  • Kapitulacija ljubljanske trdnjave pred Francozi l. 1809. (French, German, Slovenian). S. n., Ljubljana 1911. – Full text online.


  • Aškerc Anton. In: Österreichisches Biographisches Lexikon 1815-1950 (ÖBL). Vol. 1, Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften, Vienna 1957, p. 33.
  • Gojmir Krek: Anton Aškerc. Study with translation samples. L. Schwentner, Ljubljana 1899.
  • Ivan Prijatelj: Književnost mladoslovencev. Knjižnica Kondor, vol. 54. Mladinska knjiga, Ljubljana 1962, ZDB-ID 1165883-6.
  • Marja Boršnik: Anton Aškerc. Znameniti Slovenci. Partizanska Knjiga, V Ljubljani 1981, OBV.
  • France Bernik: Cankarjevo vrednotenje Aškerca. In: Študije o slovenski poeziji. Državna založba Slovenije, Ljubljana 1993, ISBN 86-341-0821-X.
  • Igor Grdina: Slovenci med tradicijo in perspektivo. Politični mozaik 1860-1918. Knjižna zbirka Claritas, vol. 32. Študentska založba, Ljubljana 2003, ISBN 961-6446-52-5.
  • Kajetan Kovič: Sled sence zarje. Slovenska matica, Ljubljana 2006, ISBN 961-2131-50-3.

Web links

Commons: Anton Aškerc– Collection of images, videos and audio files

Wikisource: Anton Aškerc– Sources and full texts (Slovenian)

Individual references

  1. Anton Aškerc †. In: Laibacher Zeitung, No. 130/1912, 10 June 1912, p. 1266, center left.
  2. Anton Aškerc’s funeral.@1@2Template:Dead link/ no longer available, search web archives ) Info: Thelink was automatically marked as broken. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. In: Laibacher Zeitung, No. 133/1912, June 13, 1912, p. 1290, center.
  3. Anton Aškerc †. In: Laibacher Zeitung, No. 131/1912, 11 June 1912, p. 1273, centre right.


  1. In the death report, the place of birth is given as Globoko in southern Styria. – See Anton Aškerc †. In: Laibacher Zeitung, No. 130/1912, 10 June 1912, p. 1266, center left.