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"In the Greek romances," writes David Konstan, "sighs, tears, and suicide attempts are as characteristic of the male as of the female in distress; ruses, disguises, and outright violence in defense of one's chastity are as much the part of the female as of the male." Exploring how erotic love is represented in ancient amatory literature, Konstan points to the symmetry in the passion of the hero and heroine as a unique feature of the Greek novel: they fall mutually in love, they are of approximately the same age and social class, and their reciprocal attachment ends in marriage. He shows how the plots of the novels are perfectly adapted to expressing this symmetry and how, because of their structure, they differ from classical epic, elegy, comedy, tragedy, and other genres, including modern novels ranging from Sidney to Harlequin romances. Using works like Chaereas and Callirhoe and Daphnis and Chloe, Konstan examines such issues as pederasty, the role of eros in both marital and nonmarital love, and the ancient Greek concept of fidelity. He reveals how the novelistic formula of sexual symmetry reverses the pattern of all other ancient genres, where erotic desire appears one-sided and unequal and is often viewed as either a weakness or an aggressive, conquering power. Konstan's approach draws upon theories concerning the nature of sexuality in the ancient world, reflected in the work of Michel Foucault, David Halperin, and John Winkler. Originally published in 1993. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These paperback editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

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9780691634876 | Princeton Univ Pr, April 19, 2016, cover price $99.95
9780691033419 | Princeton Univ Pr, January 1, 1994, cover price $55.00 | About this edition: "In the Greek romances," writes David Konstan, "sighs, tears, and suicide attempts are as characteristic of the male as of the female in distress; ruses, disguises, and outright violence in defense of one's chastity are as much the part of the female as of the male.

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9780691606033 | Princeton Univ Pr, July 14, 2014, cover price $39.95 | About this edition: "In the Greek romances," writes David Konstan, "sighs, tears, and suicide attempts are as characteristic of the male as of the female in distress; ruses, disguises, and outright violence in defense of one's chastity are as much the part of the female as of the male.

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By David Konstan (editor)

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9780299303143 | Univ of Wisconsin Pr, April 27, 2015, cover price $55.00

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Product Description: This ground-breaking book applies trauma studies to the drama and literature of the ancient Greeks. Diverse essays explore how the Greeks responded to war and if what we now term "combat trauma," "post-traumatic stress," or "combat stress injury" can be discerned in ancient Greek culture...read more
By David Konstan (editor)

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9781137398857 | Palgrave Macmillan, September 11, 2014, cover price $95.00 | About this edition: This ground-breaking book applies trauma studies to the drama and literature of the ancient Greeks.

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By David Konstan (trans)

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9781780933658 | Bristol Classical Pr, April 10, 2014, cover price $39.95

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Product Description: Aristotle devotes books 8-9 of the Nicomachean Ethics to friendship, distinguishing three kinds: a primary kind motivated by the other's character; and other kinds motivated by utility or pleasure. He takes up Plato's idea that one knows oneself better as reflected in another's eyes, as providing one of the benefits of friendship, and he also sees true friendship as modelled on true self-love...read more

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9781780939100 | Reprint edition (Bloomsbury USA Academic, April 10, 2014), cover price $39.95 | About this edition: Aristotle devotes books 8-9 of the Nicomachean Ethics to friendship, distinguishing three kinds: a primary kind motivated by the other's character; and other kinds motivated by utility or pleasure.

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By David Konstan (trans)

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9781472558138 | Bloomsbury USA Academic, April 10, 2014, cover price $39.95

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By Peter Adamson (contributor), Han Baltussen (editor), George Boys-stones (contributor), James H. K. O. Chong-Gossard (contributor) and David Konstan (contributor)

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9781905125562 | Classical Pr of Wales, February 4, 2013, cover price $95.00

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Product Description: In this book, David Konstan argues that the modern concept of interpersonal forgiveness, in the full sense of the term, did not exist in ancient Greece and Rome. Even more startlingly, it is not fully present in the Hebrew Bible, nor again in the New Testament, or in the early Jewish and Christian commentaries on the Holy Scriptures...read more

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9781107680203 | Reprint edition (Cambridge Univ Pr, April 30, 2012), cover price $44.99 | About this edition: In this book, David Konstan argues that the modern concept of interpersonal forgiveness, in the full sense of the term, did not exist in ancient Greece and Rome.

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Product Description: In this book, eminent scholars of classical antiquity and ancient and medieval Judaism and Christianity explore the nature and place of forgiveness in the pre-modern Western world. They discuss whether the concept of forgiveness, as it is often understood today, was absent, or at all events more restricted in scope than has been commonly supposed, and what related ideas (such as clemency or reconciliation) may have taken the place of forgiveness...read more
By Charles L. Griswold (editor) and David Konstan (editor)

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9780521119481 | Cambridge Univ Pr, December 29, 2011, cover price $99.99 | About this edition: In this book, eminent scholars of classical antiquity and ancient and medieval Judaism and Christianity explore the nature and place of forgiveness in the pre-modern Western world.

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Product Description: Aside from the well-known plays of Aristophanes, many of the comedies of ancient Greece are known only through fragments and references written in Greek. Now a group of distinguished scholars brings these nearly lost works to modern readers with lively English translations of the surviving texts...read more
By Jeffrey Henderson (trans), David Konstan (trans), Ralph Rosen (trans), Jeffrey Rusten (editor) and Niall W. Slater (trans)

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9780801894480 | Johns Hopkins Univ Pr, March 31, 2011, cover price $110.00 | About this edition: Aside from the well-known plays of Aristophanes, many of the comedies of ancient Greece are known only through fragments and references written in Greek.

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Product Description: Epicurus, and his Roman disciple Lucretius, held that the primary cause of human unhappiness was an irrational fear of death. What is more, they believed that a clear understanding of the nature of the world would help to eliminate this fear; for if we recognise that the universe and everything in it is made up of atoms and empty space, we will see that the soul cannot possibly survive the extinction of the body -- and no harm to us can occur after we die...read more

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9781930972285 | Parmenides Pub, November 17, 2008, cover price $37.00 | About this edition: Epicurus, and his Roman disciple Lucretius, held that the primary cause of human unhappiness was an irrational fear of death.

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Product Description: It is generally assumed that whatever else has changed about the human condition since the dawn of civilization, basic human emotions - love, fear, anger, envy, shame - have remained constant. David Konstan, however, argues that the emotions of the ancient Greeks were in some significant respects different from our own, and that recognizing these differences is important to understanding ancient Greek literature and culture...read more

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9780802095589 | Univ of Toronto Pr, December 21, 2007, cover price $47.95 | About this edition: It is generally assumed that whatever else has changed about the human condition since the dawn of civilization, basic human emotions - love, fear, anger, envy, shame - have remained constant.

Product Description: Karl Marx observed that "just when people seem engaged in revolutionizing themselves..., they anxiously conjure up the spirits of the past to their service". While the Greek east under Roman rule was not revolutionary, perhaps, in the sense that Marx had in mind, it was engaged in creating something that had not previously existed, in part just through the millennia-long involvement with its own tradition, which was continually being remodelled and readapted...read more
By David Konstan (editor) and Suzanne Said (editor)

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9780906014288 | David Brown Book Co, April 30, 2007, cover price $90.00 | About this edition: Karl Marx observed that "just when people seem engaged in revolutionizing themselves.

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Product Description: Aspasius' commentary on the "Nicomachean Ethics", of which six books have come down to us, is the oldest surviving Greek commentary on any of Aristotle's works, dating to the middle of the second century AD. It offers precious insight into the thinking and pedagogical methods of the Peripatetic school in the early Roman Empire, and provides illuminating discussions of numerous technical points in Aristotle's treatise, along with valuable excursuses on such topics as the nature of the emotions...read more
By Aspasius and David Konstan (trans)

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9780801445316 | Cornell Univ Pr, February 1, 2007, cover price $117.95 | About this edition: Aspasius' commentary on the "Nicomachean Ethics", of which six books have come down to us, is the oldest surviving Greek commentary on any of Aristotle's works, dating to the middle of the second century AD.

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Product Description: It is generally assumed that whatever else has changed about the human condition since the dawn of civilization, basic human emotions - love, fear, anger, envy, shame - have remained constant. David Konstan, however, argues that the emotions of the ancient Greeks were in some significant respects different from our own, and that recognizing these differences is important to understanding ancient Greek literature and culture...read more

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9780802091031 | Univ of Toronto Pr, April 30, 2006, cover price $105.00 | About this edition: It is generally assumed that whatever else has changed about the human condition since the dawn of civilization, basic human emotions - love, fear, anger, envy, shame - have remained constant.

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Product Description: This is the first English translation of the only extended ancient treatise on Homer that survives today. It provides a detailed allegorical discussion of controversial passages in the Iliad and the Odyssey and is a mine of information on ancient approaches to allegory and to literary criticism...read more

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9789004130821 | Brill Academic Pub, January 1, 2006, cover price $132.00 | About this edition: This is the first English translation of the only extended ancient treatise on Homer that survives today.

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9781589831223 | Society of Biblical Literature, June 30, 2005, cover price $20.95

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Product Description: Classical Greece was permeated by a spirit of rivalry. Games and sports, theatrical performances, courtroom trials, recitation of poetry, canvassing for public office, war itself -- all aspects of life were informed by a competitive ethos...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)
By David Konstan (editor) and N. Keith Rutter (editor)

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9780748616039 | Edinburgh Univ Pr, March 1, 2004, cover price $200.00 | About this edition: Classical Greece was permeated by a spirit of rivalry.

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Product Description: "Pity Transformed" is an examination of how pity was imagined and expressed in classical antiquity. It pays particular attention to the ways in which the pity of the Greeks and Romans differed from modern ideas. Among the topics investigated in this study are the appeal to pity in courts of law and the connection between pity and desert; the relation between pity and love or intimacy; self-pity; the role of pity in war and its relation to human rights and human dignity; divine pity from paganism to Christianity; and why pity was considered an emotion...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)

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9780715629048 | Bristol Classical Pr, May 1, 2002, cover price $27.95 | About this edition: "Pity Transformed" is an examination of how pity was imagined and expressed in classical antiquity.

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Product Description: In Books 8 and 9 of the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle distinguishes among three forms of friendship: a primary kind motivated by the other's character and two other kinds motivated by utility and pleasure. He takes up Plato's idea that one knows oneself better as reflected in another's eyes...read more

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9780801439063 | Cornell Univ Pr, November 1, 2001, cover price $117.95 | About this edition: In Books 8 and 9 of the Nicomachean Ethics, Aristotle distinguishes among three forms of friendship: a primary kind motivated by the other's character and two other kinds motivated by utility and pleasure.

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Product Description: This collection of original essays examines innovations in both the theory and practice of classical philology. The chapters address interdisciplinary methods in a variety of ways. Some apply theoretical insights derived from other disciplines, such as folklore studies, performance theory, feminist criticism, and the like, to classical texts...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)
By Caroline Eades (contributor), Thomas M. Falkner (editor), Nancy Felson (editor), David Konstan (editor) and John Peradotto (editor)

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9780847697335 | Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc, December 1, 1999, cover price $59.00 | About this edition: This collection of original essays examines innovations in both the theory and practice of classical philology.

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Product Description: This collection of original essays examines innovations in both the theory and practice of classical philology. The chapters address interdisciplinary methods in a variety of ways. Some apply theoretical insights derived from other disciplines, such as folklore studies, performance theory, feminist criticism, and the like, to classical texts...read more (view table of contents, read Amazon.com's description)
By Thomas M. Falkner (editor), Nancy Felson (editor), David Konstan (editor) and John Peradotto (editor)

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9780847697328 | Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc, December 1, 1999, cover price $110.00 | About this edition: This collection of original essays examines innovations in both the theory and practice of classical philology.

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