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Studies in Emotions and Power in the Late Roman World: Papers in honour of Ron Newbold


This book is a collection of papers dealing with different approaches to research of issues of power and emotions in the Roman Imperial and Late Antique world, from Marcus Aurelius to Queen Brunhild of Austrasia.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-61719-914-1
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Publication Status: In Print

Publication Date: Sep 21,2010
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 219
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-61719-914-1
$138.00

This book is a collection of papers which are the result of a conference on Power and Emotions in Antiquity, which was held at the University of Adelaide in December 2008, on the occasion of the retirement of Dr. Ron Newbold. The main aim of this collection is to explore the issues of power and emotions and their relationships with the ancient world, using written sources such as personal letters, speeches, philosophical or historical writings. The book explores different aspects in which power and emotions co-existed in the Roman Imperial and Late Antique world, in the time span stretching from the High Empire of Marcus Aurelius to the post-Roman world of Gregory of Tours and the Frankish kings.

The papers in this book explore topics such as: self-addressing in the works of the emperor Marcus Aurelius; the struggle for control in the writings of St. Jerome; the consequences of the riot of the statues in 4th century Antioch; the place of rage as a virtue in the literature of the fourth century; insult and rage in the work of the historian Ammianus Marcellinus; love and grief in the letters of the Austrasian Frankish queen Brunhild; and the more global problems of power relations and identity transformations occurring in the world of late antiquity.

This book is a collection of papers which are the result of a conference on Power and Emotions in Antiquity, which was held at the University of Adelaide in December 2008, on the occasion of the retirement of Dr. Ron Newbold. The main aim of this collection is to explore the issues of power and emotions and their relationships with the ancient world, using written sources such as personal letters, speeches, philosophical or historical writings. The book explores different aspects in which power and emotions co-existed in the Roman Imperial and Late Antique world, in the time span stretching from the High Empire of Marcus Aurelius to the post-Roman world of Gregory of Tours and the Frankish kings.

The papers in this book explore topics such as: self-addressing in the works of the emperor Marcus Aurelius; the struggle for control in the writings of St. Jerome; the consequences of the riot of the statues in 4th century Antioch; the place of rage as a virtue in the literature of the fourth century; insult and rage in the work of the historian Ammianus Marcellinus; love and grief in the letters of the Austrasian Frankish queen Brunhild; and the more global problems of power relations and identity transformations occurring in the world of late antiquity.

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Contributor Biography

Barbara Sidwell

Barbara Sidwell is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Department of Ancient History, Macquarie University, Sydney. She holds a PhD in Classical studies and ancient history from Adelaide University, South Australia.

Danijel Dzino

  • Table of Contents (page 5)
  • Contributors (page 9)
  • Acknowledgments (page 11)
  • Abbreviations (page 13)
  • 1. Barbara Sidwell, Introduction: Power and EmotionsŽ (page 15)
    • Power (page 16)
    • Emotions (page 18)
    • Chapters (page 23)
    • Bibliography (page 33)
  • 2. Ron Newbold, St. Jeromes Struggle for Control: An ApproachŽ (page 37)
    • Stage I: Support or Intake Mode. (page 39)
    • Stage II: Autonomy or Self-Actualizing Mode (page 39)
    • Stage III: Assertion Mode (page 40)
    • Stage IV: Mutuality or Moralised Action Mode (page 40)
    • Bibliography (page 51)
  • 3. Han Baltussen, Marcus Aurelius and the Therapeutic Use of Soliloquy: An Interdisciplinary ApproachŽ (page 53)
    • Meditations Or Exhortations? (page 55)
    • Emotions and How to Deal With Them (page 59)
    • Psychological Efficacy: Self-Examination, Care of the Soul & Self-Consolation (page 64)
    • Conclusion (page 68)
    • Bibliography (page 70)
  • 4. Cristopher Malone, The Virtue of Rage in the Fourth CenturyŽ (page 73)
    • Bibliography (page 98)
  • 5. Barbara Sidwell, Insult and Outrage and the Roman Military:ammianus Marcellinus Res Gestae 20.8.8; 25.3.10; 28.6.23Ž (page 101)
    • Military Values and Ammianus (page 105)
    • Julians Proclamation in Paris (page 111)
    • The Death of Julian (page 114)
    • Response to the Tripoli Affair (page 117)
    • Conclusion (page 119)
    • Bibliography (page 122)
  • 6. Silke Sitzler, Angst and Identity in Antioch Following the Riot of the StatuesŽ (page 125)
    • Bibliography (page 139)
  • 7. Andrew Gillett, Love and Grief in Post-Imperial Diplomacy: The Letters of BrunhildŽ (page 141)
    • The Letters of Brunhild and Childebert in The Epistolae Austrasicae (page 146)
    • Epistolary Artifices (page 156)
    • Communicative Strategies (page 164)
    • Appendix (page 175)
    • Bibliography (page 176)
  • 8. Thomas S. Burns, Negotiating a Serviceable Identity and a Pathway to Power in Late AntiquityŽ (page 181)
    • Bibliography (page 210)
  • Index (page 215)
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