Work of the Fellows: Monographs

Restraining Rage: The Ideology of Anger Control in Classical Antiquity

Harris, William V. (Fellow, 1998-99)

Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2022

From the publisher's description:

Drawing on a wide range of ancient texts, and on recent work in anthropology and psychology, Restraining Rage explains the rise and persistence of this concern. William V. Harris shows that the discourse of anger-control was of crucial importance in several different spheres, in politics—both republican and monarchical—in the family, and in the slave economy. He suggests that it played a special role in maintaining male domination over women. He explores the working out of these themes in Attic tragedy, in the great Greek historians, in Aristotle and the Hellenistic philosophers, and in many other kinds of texts.

Subjects: ; Ancient Greek History; Ancient Roman History; Emotions