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By Susanna Braund, Glenn W. Most

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Anger is located all over the old international, from the first actual note of the Iliad via all literary genres and each element of private and non-private lifestyles. but, it's only very lately that classicists, historians, and philosophers have all started to check anger in antiquity. This quantity comprises major new reviews by way of authors from diversified disciplines and international locations at the literary, philosophical, clinical, and political elements of old anger.

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Adkins (1969: 12–13, 14–17) is basically right about the sense and reference of this verb, though I believe he is wrong to see its application in a range of different scenarios as evidence that the Homeric vocabulary of emotion reflects a society which constructs the world in ways which we must find fundamentally unfamiliar. Il. 133, Poseidon describes Hera’s reaction to Apollo’s favoring of Aeneas. 24 d . l. 378. e. 46 Chalepainein, then, does not refer to the experience of anger as such, but to violent or harsh behavior, in word or in deed,47 which may form part of the expression of anger,48 but may also be used in a range of other situations.

Yet there are cases in which an interpretation in terms of anger would be far-fetched. 98) all speak ½c{žsav to their thumos, when faced with a difficult choice between behaving in the manner expected of them or ensuring their own safety (or in Agenor’s case between flight and certain death and flight and possible survival); in these cases tim¯e is certainly at stake (as is life itself ), but there is no sense in which the individual could be construed as angry, either with himself or with others.

53 (n. 100 below). b. 21–2. 351 (where nemesis is envisaged as the general response to Paris’ shortcomings, endorsed by Helen); cf. 53. The last passage cited shows clearly how the impartial perspective of nemesis may be employed by individuals who are not necessarily impartial: Apollo is Hector’s partisan; but the nemesis he threatens here is presented as a third-party response to conduct which is futile, excessive, and inappropriate (neither kallion nor ameinon, 52, exhibiting a lack of aid¯os, not for Apollo, but for civilized standards in general, 44).

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