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Greek Laughter and TearsAntiquity and After$
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Margaret Alexiou and Douglas Cairns

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474403795

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474403795.001.0001

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(p.403) 23 Afterword
Greek Laughter and Tears

Roderick Beaton

Edinburgh University Press

This chapter reviews the aims and achievements of the volume. The volume’s contributors confront phenomena that are universal among humans and more or less confined to our species But the meaning and even perhaps the emotional content underlying these universal phenomena are often, and to varying extents, historically determined. This chapter considers whether we can identify a specifically ‘Greek’ history of the emotions, given that Greekness itself has a history that involves huge changes as well as a degree of continuity. What emerges as in some sense continuous is the process itself of change, within as well as between the key stages that mark transitions from the ancient to the late antique, Byzantine and modern worlds. The chapter then concludes with some speculative thoughts about where the methodological insights and approaches highlighted in this book might have gone, or might go in a sequel, if coverage were to be extended more fully into the modern period.

Keywords:   Laughter, Tears, History of emotions, Hellenic culture, Modern Greece, Emmanuel Roidis’ Pope Joan, Kostas Tachtsis, The Third Wedding, G. M. Vizyinos

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