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Author(s): Konstan, David
Judaism and Christianity brought new ways of conceiving emotion in the ancient world. In what follows, selected emotions are compared in the light of their description in classical Greek and Latin texts and in early Christian writings. It is impossible to reconstruct how these emotions were felt in real life, but it is reasonable to suppose that there were significant shifts in the experiencing of emotions as well as in the accounts found in the surviving literature.PityPity is included in all classical inventories of the emotions (e.g. Anax. Rhet. Alex. 34.4–6; Arist. Rhet. 3.19; 1419…
Date: 2024-01-19


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Author(s): Konstan, David | Stock, Konrad | Figal, Günter
[German Version] I. The Term – II. Eros and Amor – III. Eros and Agape ( Caritas) – IV. Eros in Philosophy I. The Term The Greek term ἔρως/ éros, noun, verb ἐρᾶν/ erā́n (“to be in love with”), denotes an intense affection or desire. It can express a passion for an inanimate object, such as wine or one's city, or even for wisdom, as in Plato. However, eros is commonly associated with er…