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No Regrets: Remorse in Classical Antiquity

Laurel Fulkerson


This book is based on the premise that remorse (metameleia in Greek, paenitentia in Latin, more or less) plays a significant role in ancient classical literature, and therefore, in ancient ethical life. Its importance has not previously been noted because it has rather different roles to play in ancient and modern cultures. In general, the modern Western viewpoint esteems feelings of remorse as a part of a beneficial rethinking and learning process. Their occurrence shows that one has made moral progress, is a better person. The ancients have a different intuition, believing that one should re ... More

Keywords: Remorse, emotions, emotional history, ancient history, characterization in ancient literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199668892
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199668892.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laurel Fulkerson, author
Associate Professor of Classics, The Florida State University