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The Ancient Emotion of Disgust

Donald Lateiner and Dimos Spatharas


Ancient emotions have only recently received scholarly analysis. Disgust has experienced relative neglect even now because of social and academic disinclination to study something in which humans take no pride—however essential to survival the primary emotion may be. Yet, the emotion, both a reflexive response to vile substances (“primary disgust”) and a powerful mechanism of social and moral exclusion (“moral disgust”), is salient in ancient literature and art. The study of ancient disgust is incorporated in a bourgeoning literature concerning slander, the aesthetics of ugliness, and the cons ... More

Keywords: disgust, moral disgust, ancient literature, history and art, sex, vile substance, aesthetics of ugliness, social outcast

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Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190604110
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190604110.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Donald Lateiner, author

Dimos Spatharas, author

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