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Title Tears in the Graeco-Roman world / edited by Thorsten Fögen.
Imprint Berlin ; New York : W. de Gruyter, [2009]

Subject Crying in literature.
Tears in literature.
Classical literature -- History and criticism.
Crying -- Social aspects -- Greece.
Crying -- Social aspects -- Rome.
Alt Name Fögen, Thorsten.
Description 1 online resource (vi, 491 pages) : illustrations
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary This volume presents a wide range of contributions that analyse the cultural, sociological and communicative significance of tears and crying in Graeco-Roman antiquity. The papers cover the time from the eighth century BCE until late antiquity and take into account a broad variety of literary genres such as epic, tragedy, historiography, elegy, philosophical texts, epigram and the novel. The collection also contains two papers from modern socio-psychology.
Contents Frontmatter -- Contents -- Tears and Crying in Graeco-Roman Antiquity: An Introduction -- Tears and Crying in Archaic Greek Poetry (especially Homer) -- Weeping and Veiling: Grief, Display and Concealment in Ancient Greek Culture -- Tragic Tears and Gender -- Dangerous Tears? Platonic Provocations and Aristotelic Answers -- Tears and Crying in Hellenic Historiography: Dacryology from Herodotus to Polybius -- Women's Tears in Ancient Roman Ritual -- Tears in Lucretius -- Tears in Propertius, Ovid and Greek Epistolographers -- Precibus ac lacrimis: Tears in Roman Historiographers -- The Weeping Wise: Stoic and Epicurean Consolations in Seneca's 99th Epistle -- Statius and the Weeping Emperor (Silv. 2.5): Tears as a Means of Communication in the Amphitheatre -- Tears in Apuleius' Metamorphoses -- Weeping Statues, Weeping Gods and Prodigies from Republican to Early-Christian Rome -- Meleager's Sweet Tears: Observations on Weeping and Pleasure -- Tears of the Bereaved: Plutarch's Consolatio ad uxorem in Context -- Tears of Pathos, Repentance and Bliss: Crying and Salvation in Origen and Gregory of Nyssa -- Fortune's Laughter and a Bureaucrat's Tears: Sorrow, Supplication and Sovereignty in Justinianic Constantinople -- Mysterious Tears: The Phenomenon of Crying from the Perspective of Social Neuroscience -- Crying: A Biopsychosocial Phenomenon -- Backmatter.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9783110214024 (electronic bk.)
3110214024 (electronic bk.)
OCLC # 503049218
Additional Format Print version: Tears in the Graeco-Roman world. Berlin ; New York : W. de Gruyter, ©2009 9783110201116