Affekt im Wandel: Antike Darstellung von Liebe und Zorn am Beispiel Medeas

Katrin Stöppelkamp

    Research output: ThesisThesis fully internal (DIV)

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    In my thesis I will concentrate on the description of emotions, particularly of love and anger, in Classical Greek, Hellenistic, and Roman literature. Therefore, I will focus on Medea and her desastrous love towards Jason, a famous myth treated in Greek (e.g. Pindar, Euripides, Apollonios of Rhodes) and Latin poetry (e.g. Ovidius, Seneca, Valerius Flaccus). The comparison of the texts will show a development from general acceptance of emotions (Pindar, Euripides) towards its total rejection (Apollonios, Ovidius and especially Seneca and Valerius Flaccus). This tendency finds a parallel in the development in contemporary philosophy: In Classical philosophy (Plato, Aristotle) desires and bodily appetites are not regarded as evil – on the contrary, they are considered both natural and necessary –, but they tend to become overwhelming. Therefore, they require self-restraint. The Stoic philosophers, however, demand that the passions should be completely extirpated from human life. Once they have arisen, they cannot be kept moderate. Since fundamental changes in culture are normally not restricted to a singular sphere, but pervade all the structures of intellectual life such as poetry, art, science, and philosophy, my analysis might offer at least ONE possibility to come to a better understanding of the “revolutionary” phenomena attributed to the Hellenistic period which is generally considered a time of upheaval.
    Original languageGerman
    QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
    Awarding Institution
    • Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
    • Harder, Marijke, Supervisor
    • Nauta, Ruurd, Supervisor
    Award date22-Dec-2011
    Place of Publication[Groningen]
    Print ISBNs9789036751971, 9789036751964
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


    • Proefschriften (vorm)
    • Medea (mythologie)
    • Grieks
    • Latijn
    • Bellettrie
    • Emoties
    • Klassieke Latijnse letterkunde
    • Klassieke Griekse letterkunde

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