Greek and Roman Consolations: Eight Studies of a Tradition and Its Afterlife (Hardback)
Short Description for Greek and Roman Consolations Ancient consolatory writings offer us a window onto alien forms of loss and grief, as experienced in a world where death happened, in most cases, much earlier and with less reliable warning than in developed countries today.
- Published: 21 February 2013
- Format: Hardback 232 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781905125562 ISBN 10: 1905125569
Full description for Greek and Roman Consolations
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 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.