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“Emotion” is a contested term, with no agreed definition and a particular history of its own. Ancient historians can explore the historical contingency of analogous concepts in Greek and Latin both in the theories of the major philosophical schools and in a variety of ancient texts. But (ancient) emotion history is a burgeoning field in its own right, using a wider range of literary, non-literary, visual, and material evidence. Understanding emotion is an essential tool of the ancient historian's art, just as emotion is a fundamental aspect of ancient historiography, both as a cause of historical events and as a fundamental aspect of the presentation and reception of historical narratives.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Encyclopaedia of Ancient History
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jun 2017


  • classical period
  • ethics
  • Hellenistic period
  • psychology
  • social history

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