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Ancient Anger
Perspectives from Homer to Galen


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Susanna Braund, Glenn W. Most, D. L. Cairns, D. S. Allen, David Konstan, W. V. Harris, Christopher A. Faraone, J. H. D. Scourfield, Ann Ellis Hanson, Christopher Gill, Elaine Fantham, Giles Gilbert
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  • Date Published: May 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521036429

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  • Anger is found everywhere in the ancient world, starting with the very first word of the Iliad and continuing through all literary genres and every aspect of public and private life. Yet it is only recently, as a variety of disciplines start to devote attention to the history and nature of the emotions, that Classicists, ancient historians and ancient philosophers have begun to study anger in antiquity with the seriousness and attention it deserves. This volume brings together a number of significant studies by authors from different disciplines and countries, on literary, philosophical, medical and political aspects of ancient anger from Homer until the Roman Imperial Period. It studies some of the most important ancient sources and provides a paradigmatic selection of approaches to them, and should stimulate further research on this important subject in a number of fields.

    • Makes an important contribution to the history of the emotions
    • Discusses anger within different social domains and literary forms
    • Takes an interdisciplinary approach
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    '… an interesting range of further perspectives … This well-produced book succeeds in treating anger as a topic that can open vistas on ancient thinking about psychology, the body, character, social interaction, gender, and the relationship of humans to models of both animal and divine behaviour … The volume is a desirable purchase for all good university libraries.' The Journal of Classics Teaching

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    Product details

    • Date Published: May 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521036429
    • length: 336 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.504kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Notes on contributors
    List of abbreviations
    Introduction Susanna Braund and Glenn W. Most
    1. Ethics, ethology, terminology: Iliadic anger and the cross-cultural study of emotion D. L. Cairns
    2. Anger and pity in Homer's Iliad Glenn W. Most
    3. Angry bees, wasps and jurors: the symbolic politics of orge in Athens D. S. Allen
    4. Aristotle on anger and the emotions: the strategies of status David Konstan
    5. The rage of women W. V. Harris
    6. Thumos as masculine ideal and social pathology in ancient Greek magical spells Christopher A. Faraone
    7. Anger and gender in Chariton's Chaereas and Callirhoe J. H. D. Scourfield
    8. 'Your mother nursed you with bile': anger in babies and small children Ann Ellis Hanson
    9. Reactive and objective attitudes: anger in Virgil's Aeneid and Hellenistic philosophy Christopher Gill
    10. The angry poet and the angry gods: problems of theodicy in Lucan's epic of defeat Elaine Fantham
    11. An ABC of epic ira: anger, beasts and cannibalism Susanna Braund and Giles Gilbert
    Index of passages cited
    Index of proper names
    Index of topics.

  • Editors

    Susanna Braund, Yale University, Connecticut
    Susanna Morton Braund is Professor of Classics at Yale University. She has authored books and articles on Roman satire, Roman epic and other aspects of Roman literature, including Beyond Anger: A Study of Juvenal's Third Book of Satires (1988) and Latin Literature (2002). With Christopher Gill, she co-edited The Passions in Roman Thought and Literature (1997). Her current major ongoing project is a commentary on Seneca's De Clementia.

    Glenn W. Most, Scuola Normale Superiore, Pisa
    Glenn W. Most is Professor of Greek Philology at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, and Professor in the Committee on Social Thought, University of Chicago. He is the author of The Measures of Praise: Structure and Function in Pindar's Second Pythian and Seventh Nemean Odes (1985) and editor and co-editor of numerous books on classical studies, literary theory and philosophy.


    Susanna Braund, Glenn W. Most, D. L. Cairns, D. S. Allen, David Konstan, W. V. Harris, Christopher A. Faraone, J. H. D. Scourfield, Ann Ellis Hanson, Christopher Gill, Elaine Fantham, Giles Gilbert

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