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    DescriptionAncient consolatory writings offer us a window onto alien forms of loss and grief, as experienced in a world where death happened, in most cases, much earlier and with less reliable warning than in developed countries today. Here, eight original studies explore the topic of bereavement in consolatory writings from ancient Greece, Rome, early medieval and Arabic society. David Scourfield examines consolation as a genre; James Chong-Gossard treats consolation in Greek tragedy, and the rejection of comfort; Han Baltussen studies the purpose and impact of Cicero's curious 'Consolation to Himself ' on the loss of his daughter. Marcus Wilson proposes a new interpretation of Seneca's consolatory writings; George Boys-Stones studies the Consolatio ad Apollonium as 'therapy for the dead'; David Konstan reflects on Lucian's Of Mourning and the consolation tradition. For later Antiquity and reception, Josef Lossl treats continuity and transformation of ancient Consolatio in Augustine of Hippo, while Peter Adamson addresses Arabic ethics and the limits of philosophical consolation. The collection offers unexpected results: consolation itself is on occasion rejected, philosophy deliberately marginalised, while much emerges which is unique and personal to the ancient individuals involved.

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    Greek and Roman Consolations
    Eight Studies of a Tradition and Its Afterlife
    Authors and contributors
    Edited by Han Baltussen
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 232
    Width: 158 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 540 g
    ISBN 13: 9781905125562
    ISBN 10: 1905125569

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T3.7
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    BIC language qualifier (language as subject) V2: 2AHA
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    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
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    Abridged Dewey: 938
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
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    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, HIS002010, LIT004190
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    BIC subject category V2: 2AHA, 2ADL
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    Classical Press of Wales
    Imprint name
    Classical Press of Wales
    Publication date
    21 February 2013
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    Author Information
    Han Baltussen is Hughes Professor of Classics at The University of Adelaide.
    Review quote
    ...these essays will act as enlightening guides to further scholarship on the consolation. They will also be important references for scholars studying the role of emotion in ancient ethics, Greek and Roman mourning practices, lamentation and mourning in Greek and Latin tragedy, and, not least, ancient philosophy and its later reception. -- Clifford A. Robinson Bryn Mawr Classical Review October 2013