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Teun Tieleman

), another letter-treatise aimed at helping its readers avoid or at least moderate distress (465a, 465d). But in fact tracts entitled Περὶ λυπής and written by philosophers from various schools are attested from the Hellenistic period onwards, a line comparable to that devoted to other emotions such as the

Blood, Sweat and Tears

The Changing Concepts of Physiology from Antiquity into Early Modern Europe


Edited by Manfred Horstmanshoff, Helen King and Claus Zittel

The history of anatomy has been the subject of much recent scholarship. This volume shifts the focus to the many different ways in which the function of the body and its fluids were understood in pre-modern European thought. Contributors demonstrate how different academic disciplines can contribute to our understanding of ‘physiology’, and investigate the value of this category to pre-modern medicine.
The book contains individual essays on the wider issues raised by ‘physiology’, and detailed case studies that explore particular aspects and individuals. It will be useful to those working on medicine and the body in pre-modern cultures, in disciplines including classics, history of medicine and science, philosophy, and literature.

Contributors include Barbara Baert, Marlen Bidwell-Steiner, Véronique Boudon-Millot, Rainer Brömer, Elizabeth Craik, Tamás Demeter, Valeria Gavrylenko, Hans L. Haak, Mieneke te Hennepe, Sabine Kalff, Rina Knoeff, Sergius Kodera, Liesbet Kusters, Karine van ‘t Land, Tomas Macsotay, Michael McVaugh, Vivian Nutton, Barbara Orland, Jacomien Prins, Julius Rocca, Catrien Santing, Daniel Schäfer, Emma Sidgwick, Frank W. Stahnisch, Diana Stanciu, Michael Stolberg, Liba Taub, Fabio Tutrone, Katrien Vanagt, and Marion A. Wells.


David Konstan

In my book on The Emotions of the Ancient Greeks , 2 I included two chapters on emotions—if they are emotions—that Aristotle did not discuss in his analysis of the pathê in the second book of his Rhetoric : one of these was jealousy, and the other was grief, the topic I take up here. One of


Sam McVane

part one of this paper, I shall argue that the sorts of joy that Seneca discusses in the De vita beata are not the standard ‘good emotions’ or eupatheiai of the sage that most modern accounts focus on, but rather the related but much less frequently mentioned joys that are ‘accompaniments’ or


Edited by Barbara Baert, Traninger Anita and Catrien Santing

Do heads excite a desire to chop them off; a desire to decapitate and take a human life, as anthropologists have suggested? The contributors to this book are fascinated by ‘disembodied heads’, which are pursued in their many medieval and early modern disguises and representations, including the metaphorical. They challenge the question why in medieval and early modern cultures the head was usually considered the most important part of the body, a primacy only contested by the heart for religious reasons. Carefully mapping beliefs, mythologies and traditions concerning the head, the result is an attempt to establish a ‘cultural anatomy’ of the head, which is relevant for cultural historians, art historians and students of the philosophy, art and sciences of the premodern period.

Contributors include Barbara Baert, Esther Cohen, Mateusz Kapustka, Arjan R. de Koomen, Robert Mills, Marina Montesano, Scott B. Montgomery, Catrien Santing, Jetze Touber, and Bert Watteeuw.


Edited by Caroline Petit

This collective volume arises from a Wellcome-funded conference held at the University of Warwick in 2014 about the “new” Galen discovered in 2005 in a Greek manuscript, De indolentia. In the wake of the latest English translation published by Vivian Nutton in 2013, this book offers a multi-disciplinary approach to the new text, discussing in turn issues around Galen’s literary production, his medical and philosophical contribution to the theme of avoiding distress (ἀλυπία), controversial topics in Roman history such as the Antonine plague and the reign of Commodus, and finally the reception of the text in the Islamic world. Gathering eleven contributions by recognised specialists of Galen, Greek literature and Roman history, it revisits the new text extensively.


Edited by Georgia Petridou and Chiara Thumiger

Homo Patiens - Approaches to the Patient in the Ancient World is a book about the patients of the Graeco-Roman world, their role in the ancient medical encounters and their relationship to the health providers and medical practitioners of their time.

This volume makes a strong claim for the relevance of a patient-centred approach to the history of ancient medicine. Attention to the experience of patients deepens our understanding of ancient societies and their medical markets, and enriches our knowledge of the history of ancient cultures. It is a first step towards shaping a history of the ancient patient’s view, which will be of use not only to ancient historians, students of medical humanities, and historians of medicine, but also to any reader interested in medical ethics.


W. V. Harris

identified with the ‘joys’ that are ‘accompaniments’ or epigennêmata of virtue. These are ‘the affective side of the sage’s thinking and actions in so far as they are virtuous’. They are not emotions but ‘moods or generalized states of mind’ that are part of the Stoic account of a good life. He works hard


Véronique Boudon-Millot

literature. In fact, the two notions are frequently evoked side-by-side and in the same contexts, notably in many lists of the ‘passions’ or pathe (according to the double sense of the Greek word pathos , meaning both ailment and emotion). Some medical authors even wrote about the therapeutic virtues of


Wolfgang-Rainer Mann and Vanessa de Harven

emotion as well); courage ( andreia ) [comes] from nature and the proper nurture of soul’ (351 A 7–B 2). This means that someone could be confident as a result of emotion, without knowledge , and fail to be courageous. If Socrates can show Protagoras, via hedonism, that emotion (so construed) is never