Fifty Ways to Feel Your <i>Pudor</i>

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:
Fifty Ways to Feel Your Pudor

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This chapter investigates the many different forms of pudor, the Latin term that roughly corresponds to English “shame”. The concept of face is further explored, the method of describing emotional scripts is fully elaborated, and a system or “taxonomy” of pudor-scripts is described and analyzed to show how the Romans experienced the emotion in a wide range of circumstances. Since pudor is a form of distress felt at seeing oneself being seen in discreditable terms, a section of the chapter also considers the many different forms that “being seen” in the relevant sense could take. The chapter concludes by analyzing the relation between two emotions of self-attention, verecundia and pudor.

Keywords: shame; emotion; emotion scripts; face; gaze; ethics

Chapter.  19644 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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