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Social and Cultural Construction of Emotions: The Greek Paradigm

Emotions influence social relations; consequently, they are socially relevant, subject to scrutiny, judgment, and normative intervention. The manifestation, perception and treatment of emotions are continually influenced by cultural and social changes. This project studies the parameters, which influenced the representation of emotions in texts and images in Greece, the Greek colonies, and the Hellenized areas from the first appearance of alphabetical sources to the establishment of Christianity (from the eighth century BCE to the early sixth century CE).

The project pursues the following objectives: to contribute to a more reliable, nuanced, and comprehensive history of emotions in the Greek world; to increase awareness of the importance of emotions in Classical studies; to make documentary sources accessible to scholars working on the history of emotions and, more generally, on the history of mentality; to contribute to the transdisciplinary study of emotions through the presentation of paradigms from Classical antiquity; and to enhance the dialogue between historical, social, and natural sciences.

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Director: Professor Angelos Chaniotis


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