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Emotion, Restraint, and Community in Ancient Rome

Robert A. Kaster


This book is an essay in cultural psychology. By examining the ways the ways in which emotion and talk about emotions reinforce cultural norms, it aims to understand the interplay between the emotions and the ethics of the Roman upper classes in late Republic and early Empire. The questions it addresses include the following: How (in the Roman view) is virtuous behavior shaped by the emotions? How do various Roman forms of fear, dismay, indignation, and revulsion support or constrain ethically significant behavior? How do the domains of these emotions — what they are “about” — intersect, overl ... More

Keywords: cultural psychology, Rome, Republic, Empire, emotion language, emotion scripts, ethics, virtue, cultural norms, fear

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195140781
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140781.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert A. Kaster, author
Princeton University