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<i>Invidia</i> Is One Thing, <i>Invidia</i> Quite Another

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140781.003.0005
 Invidia Is One Thing, Invidia Quite Another

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This chapter investigates the various scripts of invidia, the Latin term from which English “envy” is ultimately derived, though the Latin term is of much wider application. A system or “taxonomy” of scripts is described, and it is shown how the emotion — a form of distress felt when you see another person enjoy some sort of good — ranges from sheer malice to righteous indignation depending on whether or not the person experiencing the emotion is applying some principle of right or fairness. The chapter then shows how the different forms of the script commonly interacted in Roman social life.

Keywords: envy; jealousy; indignation; malice; emotion; emotion scripts; social relations; ethics

Chapter.  9716 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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