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Title: Emotions in Greek Private Papyrus Letters
Author(s): CLARYSSE, Willy
Journal: Ancient Society
Volume: 47    Date: 2017   
Pages: 63-86
DOI: 10.2143/AS.47.0.3242718

Abstract :
Study of how emotions are expressed in Greek papyrus letters from the Ptolemaic period until the 7th century AD. Starting point is the Greek vocabulary concerning emotions, e.g. being worried, sad, angry, afraid, hopeful, glad etc. In many cases we can only retrace formulaic expressions and we cannot be sure real emotions are involved. These we can retrace only in a few ‘emotional letters’, in which the tone and style (use of superlatives and other intensifiers, repetition, irony) rather than the vocabulary are vehicles of emotion. Some of the most interesting cases have been collected in a small anthology at the end of the article.

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