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David Konstan is John Rowe Workman Distinguished Professor of Classics and Professor of Comparative Literature at Brown University. His publications include Sexual Symmetry: Love in the Ancient Novel and Related Genres; Greek Comedy and Ideology; and Friendship in the Classical World. He has translated two volumes in the Ancient Commentators on Aristotle series published by Bloomsbury.

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  • Series: Classical Inter/Faces
  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Bristol Classical Press (September 27, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0715629042
  • ISBN-13: 978-0715629048
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,044,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Dan on September 11, 2007
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Konstan has written an awful lot on emotions in classical philosophy, literature, and culture in general. This is his most stimulating discussion so far (2007). I'm writing my dissertation on the subject of emotion in Gr. tragedy, and his text is integral to my studies. I don't actually agree with him. I think his distinction between pity and fear is arbitrary, but he's not the only Aristotelean scholar to make a murky subject seem clear. The good stuff includes a sustained, sometimes technical, analysis on the topic. Konstan's methodological bent is also to be applauded: Classical Greek thinking is not 21st century American. The Gr. words ELEOS, PHOBOS, and CATHARSIS cannot be accurately translated with English substitutes (pity, fear, catharsis). Also, I think his explication and delineation between sympathy, compassion, and empathy is very instructive. Beware, though, that other Classical critics will more or less invert his taxonomy concerning sympathy vs. empathy (I think it may have been Halliwell 2003?).
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