Ruth R. Caston,Robert A. Kaster's Hope, Joy, and Affection in the Classical World (Emotions of PDF

By Ruth R. Caston,Robert A. Kaster

the sentiments have lengthy been an curiosity for these learning old Greece and Rome. yet whereas the previous few a long time have produced first-class experiences of person feelings and different ways to them by means of the most important philosophical faculties, the focal point has been nearly completely on unfavourable feelings. this may supply the impact that the Greeks and Romans had little to claim approximately confident emotion, anything that might be erroneous. because the chapters during this assortment point out, there are representations of confident feelings extending from archaic Greek poetry to Augustine, and in either philosophical works and literary genres as wide-ranging as lyric poetry, forensic oratory, comedy, didactic poetry, and the unconventional. neither is the proof uniform: whereas some of the literary representations provide expression to confident emotion but additionally describe its loss, the philosophers provide a extra confident review of the probabilities of achieving pleasure or contentment during this life.

The optimistic feelings convey a few of the similar gains that every one feelings do. yet in contrast to the destructive feelings, which we can describe and examine in nice aspect due to our preoccupation with them, optimistic feelings are usually more durable to articulate. therefore the curiosity of the current research, which considers how confident feelings are defined, their dating to different feelings, the ways that they're provoked or disappointed by way of situations, how they complicate and enhance our relations with people, and which forms of confident emotion we must always search to combine. the traditional works have greatly to claim approximately all of those themes, and as a result deserve extra learn, either for our realizing of antiquity and for our figuring out of the confident feelings in general.

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