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Emotions through Time

From Antiquity to Byzantium
Edited by Douglas Cairns, Martin Hinterberger, Aglae Pizzone, and Matteo Zaccarini

[Emotionen im Wandel der Zeit. Von der Antike bis Byzanz.]

2022. IX, 518 pages.

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From a comparative perspective, international scholars explore the reception and influence of ancient emotion concepts in Byzantine sources. They also shed new light on the Byzantine emotional universe and its impact on medieval and early modern culture.
This volume is the first to explore ancient and Byzantine Greek emotions from a comparative and synoptic perspective. A distinguished international cast of 17 authors deploys the methodologies of Classics, Byzantine Studies, and emotion history to uncover the complex interactions between ancient and Byzantine emotionology. Its wide-ranging chapters shed new light on the Byzantine emotional universe and its impact on medieval and early modern culture and explore the reception and influence of ancient emotion concepts in Byzantine sources. Textual sources are given due prominence, but the volume also investigates wider phenomena such as visual and material culture, performance, ritual, and the creation of emotional landscapes.
Survey of contents
Douglas Cairns: Emotions through Time? – Douglas Cairns: Emotion Research in Classics – Martin Hinterberger/Aglae Pizzone: Research on Emotions in the Byzantine World – Douglas Cairns/Martin Hinterberger/Aglae Pizzone: Chapter summaries

I: Philosophy and religion
Andrea Capra: Philosophy as a Chain of 'Poetic' Emotions? Plato and Beyond – Divna Manolova : Wondrous Knowledge and the Emotional Responses of late Byzantine Scholars to its Acquisition – Petra von Gemünden: Methodological Issues and Issues of Content, as Exemplified by ὀξυχολία in the Shepherd of Hermas

II: Rhetorical theory and practice
Byron MacDougall: Lend a Sympathetic Ear: Rhetorical Theory and Emotion in Late Antique and Byzantine Homiletic – Aglae Pizzone: Emotions and λόγος ἐνδιάθετος: Πάθη in John Sikeliotes' Commentary on Hermogenes' On types of style – Floris Bernard : Emotional Communities in the Eleventh Century: Bodily Practices and Emotional Scripts – Jan Stenger: 'Aren't You Afraid That You Will Suffer the Same?': Emotive Persuasion in John Chrysostom's Preaching – Niels Gaul: Voicing and Gesturing Emotions: Remarks on Emotive Performance from Antiquity to the Middle Byzantine Period

III: Literature
Douglas Cairns: Mental Conflict from Homer to Eustathius – Mircea Gratian Duluş: Arousing and Juxtaposing Emotions: Rhetoric and Sensory Imagery in the Homilies of Philagathos of Cerami – Margaret Mullett: Tragic Emotions? The Christos Paschon – Martin Hinterberger: Alazoneia and Aidōs/Aischunē in Anna Komnene's and Niketas Choniates' Histories – Stavroula Constantinou: Angry Warriors in the Byzantine War of Troy

IV: Art and ritual
Vicky Manolopoulou: Visualizing and Enacting Emotions: The Affective Capacities of the Litē - Galina Fingarova: Evoking Fear through the Image of the Last Judgement – Viktoria Räuchle: The Terrible Power in Giving Birth: Images of Motherhood from Antiquity to Byzantium

David Konstan: Afterword

Douglas Cairns is Professor of Classics in the School of History, Classics, and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh.

Martin Hinterberger is Professor of Byzantine Literature in the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus.

Aglae Pizzone is Associate Professor in the Department of History, University of Southern Denmark.

Matteo Zaccarini is Assistant Professor in Ancient History, University of Bologna (Ravenna).


The following reviews are known:

In: Theologische Literaturzeitung — 148 (2023), pp. 311–313 (Sarah-Magdalena Kingreen)