Greek and Roman Consolations: Eight Studies of a Tradition and Its Afterlife H. Baltussen

ISBN: 9781905125562

Published: February 4th 2013

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200 pages


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Greek and Roman Consolations: Eight Studies of a Tradition and Its Afterlife  by  H. Baltussen

Greek and Roman Consolations: Eight Studies of a Tradition and Its Afterlife by H. Baltussen
February 4th 2013 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, ZIP | 200 pages | ISBN: 9781905125562 | 3.59 Mb

In the Ancient World death came on average - at a far earlier age than in today s West, and without the authoritative warnings given by modern medicine. Consolation for the trauma of loss had, accordingly, a more prominent role to play. This volumeMoreIn the Ancient World death came on average - at a far earlier age than in today s West, and without the authoritative warnings given by modern medicine.

Consolation for the trauma of loss had, accordingly, a more prominent role to play. This volume presents eight original studies on consolatory writings from ancient Greek, Roman, early Christian and Arabic societies. The authors include internationally recognised authorities in the field. They offer insight into the ancient experience of loss and the methods used to palliate it. They explore how far there was a consolatory genre, involving letters, funerary oratory, epicedia, and philosophical prose. Focusing on responses to grief in numerous ancient authors, this volume finds elements of continuity and of individual variety in modes of consolation, and reveals instructive tensions between the commonplace and the personal.

HAN BALTUSSEN is the author of Peripatetic Dialectic in the De Sensibus (of Theophrastus)(2000), and of Philosophy and Exegesis in Simplicius. The Methodology of a Commentator(2008). He is also co-editor of two volumes on Greek, Latin and Arabic philosophical commentaries (with P. Adamson and M.W.F. Stone, 2004). Han Baltussen is Hughes Professor of Classics at the University of Adelaide.



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