Ruth Rothaus Caston

in The Elegiac Passion

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199925902
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199980475 | DOI:

Series: Emotions of the Past


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The introduction discusses various challenges in studying jealousy in Roman love elegy, where we do not find a single Latin term to describe the emotional experience. The chapter offers definitions of jealousy that fits both the ancient evidence and our modern understanding. It also surveys other ancient literature where we might expect to find jealousy but in fact do not. This shows that there is a special connection between jealousy and the specific features of Roman love elegy.

Keywords: jealousy; Latin term; definitions; Roman love elegy

Chapter.  8252 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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