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Experiencing Pain in Imperial Greek Culture

Daniel King


Much of the Western intellectual tradition’s interest in pain can be traced back to Greek material. This book investigates one theme in the interest in physical pain in Greek culture under the Roman Empire. Traditional accounts of pain in the Roman Empire have either focused on philosophical or medical theories of pain or on Christian notions of ‘suffering’; and fascination with the pained body has often been assumed to be a characteristic of Christian society, rather than ancient culture in general. The book uses ideas from medical anthropology, as well as contemporary philosophical discussio ... More

Keywords: pain, suffering, pain experience, Christian society, medicine

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198810513
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198810513.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Daniel King, author
Leventis Lecturer in the Impact of Greek Culture, University of Exeter