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In the Orbit of Love: Affection in Ancient Greece and Rome

David Konstan


This book is about love in the classical world – not erotic passion but the kind of love that binds together intimate members of a family and very close friends, but which may also be extended to include a wider range of individuals for whom we care deeply. The book includes chapters on friendship, especially the idea that a friend is another self; loyalty, and why loyalty was not a prominent virtue in classical thought; generosity and gratitude; grief in response to the loss of a loved one; and, finally, civic solidarity. Love, it is argued, underpins all these relations. Thus, rather than de ... More

Keywords: Altruism, Friendship, Generosity, Gratitude, Grief, Love, Loyalty, Solidarity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190887872
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190887872.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Konstan, author
Professor, New York University

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