Between Respect and Shame

Robert A. Kaster

in Emotion, Restraint, and Community in Ancient Rome

Published in print August 2005 | ISBN: 9780195140781
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199789283 | DOI:
Between Respect and Shame

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This chapter investigates the emotion that the Romans called verecundia, a kind of strategic fear that causes one to gauge one’s behavior in any given social interaction and judge correctly one’s standing relative to the other person, the better to monitor and restrain oneself and thus avoid giving offense. The discussion considers how this emotion helped regulate the behavior of persons of different ages, genders, and social standings. The concept of face is introduced.

Keywords: fear; restraint; offenses; social relations; gender; social standing; face; ethics

Chapter.  7862 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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