Rival Authorities

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

Rival Authorities

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Chapter 1 establishes a background for the study of jealousy by examining the differences between the elegiac treatment of love and that of philosophy, whether Stoic or Epicurean. The poets’ insistence on a life of love, whatever the costs, stands in stark contrast with the Stoic and Epicurean strictures against the emotional life. The elegists, like the philosophers, describe love as illness and search for a cure, in precisely the same language. Yet in the end the poet-narrator persists in love and opts instead for what can only be described as a poetic remedy, seeking solace in his love poetry. This chapter shows the elegists’ view of love as problematic and their interest in demonstrating the superiority of their approach to that of philosophy.

Keywords: Stoic; Epicurean; philosophy; elegy; love; illness; cure

Chapter.  12180 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature

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