Ancient Emotions in the Modern World

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Ancient Emotions in the Modern World course

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Exploring the history of emotions.

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Inspired by our exhibition, Alexander, this six-week course at the Library explores the history of emotions in classical Greek and Roman literature, and their relevance in the modern world. Focusing on emotions like wrath, shame, grief, hope, fear, love, jealousy, loss, joy, happiness and sadness, we will discuss how they have been represented in Greek and Roman cultural systems and literary examples.

Alongside visits to the exhibition, we will have conversations about the role of emotions in human life, thinking about their use for philosophical, religious, political and educational purposes, historically and today. We will draw on classical literary works including Homer, Hesiod, Aeschylus, Sophocles, Euripides, Aristophanes, Sappho, Virgil, Plautus, Catullus, Propertius, Tibullus, Ovid, and many more.     

This course will run across the following dates:

  • Thursday 3 November 2022, 18.00 – 20.00
  • Thursday 10 November 2022, 18.00 – 20.00
  • Thursday 17 November 2022, 18.00 – 20.00
  • Thursday 24 November 2022, 18.00 – 20.00
  • Thursday 1 December 2022, 18.00 – 20.00
  • Thursday 8 December 2022, 18.00 – 20.00

Please email to discuss your access requirements as soon as you have booked your ticket.

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Name: Ancient Emotions in the Modern World
Where: Harry M Weinrebe Learning Centre
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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