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Envy and Jealousy in Classical Athens: A Socio-Psychological Approach

Ed Sanders


Emotions vary between cultures, especially in their eliciting conditions, social acceptability, forms of expression, and co-extent of terminology. This book examines the sensation, expression, and literary representation of envy and jealousy in Classical Athens. Previous scholarship has primarily taken a lexical approach, focusing on usage of the Greek words phthonos (envy, begrudging, jealousy, spite) and zêlos (emulative rivalry). This has value, but also limitations, because a) the discreditable nature of phthonos renders its ascription or disclamation suspect, and b) there is no Classical ... More

Keywords: envy, jealousy, Athens, tragedy, old comedy, oratory, emotion, emotion script, psychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199897728
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199897728.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ed Sanders, author
Royal Holloway, University of London