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    DescriptionDrawing on a wide range of ancient texts, and on recent work in anthropology and psychology, "Restraining Rage" explains the rise and persistence of the obsessive concern with the control or elimination of rage from Homer to late antiquity.

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    Restraining Rage
    The Ideology of Anger Control in Classical Antiquity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) William Vernon Harris
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 480
    Width: 155 mm
    Height: 232 mm
    Thickness: 35 mm
    Weight: 680 g
    ISBN 13: 9780674013865
    ISBN 10: 0674013867

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR, 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: JMM
    Ingram Subject Code: PS
    Libri: I-PS
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25310
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    DC22: 152.47
    LC classification: DF
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR, 1QDAG
    BISAC V2.8: SEL033000
    DC22: 152.470938
    LC classification: BF575.A5 \
    LC subject heading: ,
    Thema V1.0: JMM, NHD, NHC
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    02 April 2004
    Publication City/Country
    Cambridge, Mass
    Author Information
    William V. Harris is Shepherd Professor of History at Columbia University and Director of the Center for the Ancient Mediterranean.
    Review quote
    In this comprehensive exploration of anger and self-understanding in the classical world, Harris...endeavors to show that ancient discourses on anger control were responses to political and social conditions. Since the Iliad, the oldest work in Western literature, has as its theme the anger of Achilles, Harris has astutely hit upon a fascinating theme...Highly recommended. -- Clay Williams Library Journal 20020201 Harris is known for ground-breaking books on Roman imperialism and on literacy in the ancient world. His new book, a vastly ambitious attempt to cover nearly every aspect of anger in antiquity from Homer to early Christianity, breaks fresh ground again. -- M. F. Burnyeat London Review of Books 20021017 Why did the ancient Greeks and Romans find fault with anger? Why did they so insistently advocate the reining in or the elimination of angry emotions? Rather than offering a mere analysis of arguments presented in our primary texts, Harris's study undertakes to provide an answer from a social-anthropological perspective, taking due cognizance of the groups whose interests were served by the discourse of anger control in Greco-Roman antiquity. Most importantly, he demonstrates the relevance of his historical enquiry by relating it to discussions on the subject in our contemporary culture. -- Johan Strijdom Scholia Reviews 20030201 Harris's thoughtful, massively docoumented book is a major contribution to our understanding of the classical world...Harris is excellent on the kinds of therapy that ancient thinkers proposed and applied to excessive rage...His book will be a major resource for anyone concerned with the history of the emotions, whether in antiquity or beyond. It is a great achievement. -- David Konstan American Historical Review
    Table of contents
    Acknowledgements Abbreviations Part I. Approaches 1. Striving for Anger Control 2. Science and Feelings 3. The Greek and Latin Terminology 4. The Minds of Ancient Authors 5. A Tradition of Self-Control 6. Philosophies of Restraining Rage Appendix: Treatises on the Emotions and on Anger Part II. Anger in Society and in the State 7. The Heroes and the Archaic State 8. Living Together in the Classical Polis 9. The Roman Version 10. Restraining the Angry Ruler 11. A Thesis about Women and Anger Part III. Intimate Rage 12. Family and Friends 13. Slavery Part IV. Anger and the Invention of Psychic Health 14. Anger as a Sickness of the Soul in Classical Greece 15. Can You Cure Emotions? Hellenistic and Roman Anger Therapy 16. From Sickness to Sin: Early Christianity and Anger 17. Retrospect and Prospect Bibliography Index