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Envy, Spite and Jealousy

The Rivalrous Emotions in Ancient Greece

Edited by David Konstan, Keith Rutter

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Classical Greece was permeated by a spirit of rivalry. Games and sports, theatrical performances, courtroom trials, recitation of poetry, canvassing for public office, war itself -- all aspects of life were informed by a competitive ethos. This pioneering book considers how the Greeks viewed, explained, exploited and controlled the emotions that entered into such rivalrous activities, and looks at what the private and public effects were of such feelings as ambition, desire, pride, passion, envy and spite.

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Preface 00
Contributors and Editors 00
Abbreviations 00
Introduction 00
David Konstan
1 Before Jealousy 00
David Konstan
2 Is Rivalry a Virtue or a Vice? 00 Christopher Gill

About the Author

David Konstan is the John Rowe Workman Distinguished Professor of Classics and Professor of Comparative Literature at Brown University. He is a past president of the American Philological Association. His books include Roman Comedy (1983); Simplicius' Commentary on Aristotle Physics 6 (translation, 1987) Sexual Symmetry: Love in the Ancient Novel and Related Genres (1994), Greek Comedy and Ideology (1995), Friendship in the Classical World(1997), and Pity Transformed (2001).

Keith Rutter is Honorary Fellow & Professor Emeritus in Classics at the University of Edinburgh. He has published widely on the coinage and history of South Italy and Sicily in the Greek period. His publications include Campanian Coinages 475-380 BC (1979) and Greek Coinages of Southern Italy and Sicily (1997). He has been responsible for steering the Italian volume of the third edition of Historia Numorum towards publication (2001) by the British Museum Press.


This attractive book which displays an international team of scholars in good form … deserves to be in every university library.

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