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The Ancient Emotion of Disgust$
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Donald Lateiner and Dimos Spatharas

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190604110

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190604110.001.0001

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Sex, Politics, and Disgust in Aeschines’ Against Timarchus

Sex, Politics, and Disgust in Aeschines’ Against Timarchus

(p.125) 5 Sex, Politics, and Disgust in Aeschines’ Against Timarchus
The Ancient Emotion of Disgust

Dimos Spatharas

Oxford University Press

This chapter deals with the uses of projective disgust in Aeschines’ speech Against Timarchus. Throughout the speech, Aeschines emphasizes that Timarchus’ sexual conduct, indeed his prostitution, and excessive lifestyle are disgusting. Aeschines’ uses of disgust are fostered by social cognitions pointing to his opponent’s shamelessness, that is, his inability to internalize the norms and values that bond together Athenian society. Furthermore, the construction of Timarchus’ disgustingness relies on the presentation of his lack of surfeit. On the basis of comparison with Apollodorus’ Against Neaira, the chapter argues that Aeschines’ uses of disgust in this speech are symptomatic of the polis’s conservatism during the period of the speech’s composition.

Keywords:   disgust, Timarchus, sex, prostitution, surfeit, shame, conservatism

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