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Hope, Joy, and Affection in the Classical World

Ruth R. Caston and Robert A. Kaster


Scholarship on the emotions in classical antiquity has focused almost entirely on negative emotions, but that is not because the Greeks and Romans had little to say about positive emotions. The chapters in this collection show that there are representations of positive emotions—considered here under the headings of “hope,” “joy,” and “affection”—extending from archaic Greek poetry, through the philosophical schools of the Epicureans and Stoics, to the Christianity of Augustine, and while many of the literary representations give expression to positive emotion but also describe its loss, the ph ... More

Keywords: hope, joy, affection, Stoics, Epicureans, Christianity

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190278298
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190278298.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ruth R. Caston, editor
Associate Professor of Classical Studies, University of Michigan

Robert A. Kaster, editor
Kennedy Foundation Professor of Latin Language and Literature and Professor of Classics, Princeton University

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Ruth R. Caston and Robert A. Kaster

Part I Hope

Part II Joy and Happiness

5 Horatius felix

Michael C. J. Putnam

6 Anatomies of Joy

Margaret Graver

Part III Fellow Feeling and Kindness

10 Caritas

Gillian Clark