The Ancient Emotion of Disgust (Emotions of the Past) 1st Edition

ISBN-13: 978-0190604110
ISBN-10: 9780190604110
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Editorial Reviews

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" In the introduction, Lateiner and Spatharas ground the topic and the critical debates, so the volume as a whole is accessible ... The volume is directed toward scholars of classics and ancient history and those interested in the psychology and philosophy of emotions. ... Summing Up: Recommended. Upper-division undergraduates, graduate students, researchers, faculty." --P. E. Ojennus, CHOICE


"This is important discussion of the most visceral of human emotions-disgust-is long
overdue. Lateiner and Spatharas' volume shows us how bile bubbles up all over the
place in ancient literature and culture. From the ghoulish and ghastly figures of ancient
myth to sexual perverts, witches, and deviant emperors, this volume probes the very
foundations of ancient knowledge and prejudice. It scrutinizes the rich and nuanced
ways that the emotion of disgust was embedded in the language, traditions, and
cultures of ancient Greece and Rome." -- Mark Bradley, University of Nottingham


"Disgust is a fascinating emotion, especially for the ways that it enlists visceral physical
revulsion in the articulation of moral norms and social boundaries. In this lively
volume-a major contribution to the expanding field of ancient emotion studies-a
distinguished team of experts investigates its manifestations and applications in a wide
range of ancient genres, periods, and sociocultural contexts." ---Douglas Cairns, University of Edinburgh


"Disgust? Along with fear it's perhaps the most important 'pull away' emotion. It tells
creatures when to withdraw from a potentially harmful circumstance. But, like all
emotions, disgust has a social role that's sometimes less benign, less helpful, and one
that can be painfully manipulated for individual advantage. Lateiner and Spatharas'
fascinating volume looks at these aspects of disgust, but, because theirs is a book about
Greece and Rome, it tells a lot about disgust's social and cultural life. It provides a
comprehensive examination of the ancient history of disgust and shows convincingly
how disgust might once have been different but also the same as the emotion we know."
-Peter Toohey, University of Calgary


About the Author


Donald Lateiner is an author, editor, and the Professor of Humanities in Classics, Emeritus at Ohio Wesleyan University. He has published numerous works on Classical antiquity.

Dimos Spatharas is Assistant Professor in Ancient Greek Literature at the University of Crete. He has an extensive background in study and translation of Ancient Greek history and culture.

Product details

  • Hardcover : 336 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 9780190604110
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0190604110
  • Item Weight : 1.31 pounds
  • Product Dimensions : 9.4 x 1.3 x 6.4 inches
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press; 1st Edition (November 1, 2016)
  • ASIN : 0190604115
  • Language: : English