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Pity and Power in Ancient Athens
     

Pity and Power in Ancient Athens

by Rachel Hall Sternberg (Editor)
 

Arguing that the exercise of power in democratic Athens, especially during its brief fifth-century empire, raised troubling questions about the alleviation and infliction of suffering, this book examines how pity emerged as a timely topic in Atheninan culture. Ten essays examine the role of pity in the literature, art, and society of classical Athens by analyzing

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Arguing that the exercise of power in democratic Athens, especially during its brief fifth-century empire, raised troubling questions about the alleviation and infliction of suffering, this book examines how pity emerged as a timely topic in Atheninan culture. Ten essays examine the role of pity in the literature, art, and society of classical Athens by analyzing evidence from tragedy, philosophy, historiography, epic, oratory, vase painting, sculpture, and medical writings. Athenians had power and used it ruthlessly, but the infliction of suffering did not mesh well with their civic self-images.

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Review of the hardback: 'This is a fascinating and thought-provoking study of an unusual topic.' CA News

Review of the hardback: '... it brings together experts is this field to give a broad range of views on the subject ... an excellent introduction to the study of accient emotions and pity in particular ... a very worthwhile contribution to the study of ancient emotions.' Journal of Classics Teaching

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521285629
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/16/2011
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
370
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.75(d)

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