- Title Pages
- List of Illustrations
- Notes on Contributors
- 1 Introduction
- 2 Laughter and Tears in Early Greek Literature
- 3 Imagining Divine Laughter in Homer and Lucian
- 4 Parody, Symbol and the Literary Past in Lucian
- 5 ‘Tantalus ever in Tears’: The <i>Greek Anthology</i> as a Source of Emotions in Late Antiquity
- 6 ‘Do you Think you’re Clever? Solve this Riddle, then!’ The Comic Side of Byzantine Enigmatic Poetry
- 7 <i>Philogelos</i>: An Anti-Intellectual Joke-Book
- 8 ‘Messages of the Soul’: Tears, Smiles, Laughter and Emotions Expressed by them in Byzantine Literature
- 9 Towards a Byzantine Theory of the Comic?
- 10 Staging Laughter and Tears: Libanius, Chrysostom and the Riot of the Statues
- 11 Lamenting for the Fall of Jerusalem in the Seventh Century CE
- 12 Guiding Grief: Liturgical Poetry and Ritual Lamentation in Early Byzantium
- 13 Mime and the Dangers of Laughter in Late Antiquity
- 14 Laughter on Display: Mimic Performances and the Danger of Laughing in Byzantium
- 15 The Power of Amusement and the Amusement of Power: The Princely Frescoes of St Sophia, Kiev, and their Connections to the Byzantine World
- 16 Laughing at Eros and Aphrodite: Sexual Inversion and its Resolution in the Classicising Arts of Medieval Byzantium
- 17 Comforting Tears and Suggestive Smiles: To Laugh and Cry in the Komnenian Novel
- 18 Do Brothers Weep? Male Grief, Mourning, Lament and Tears in Eleventh- and Twelfth-Century Byzantium
- 19 Laments by Nicetas Choniates and Others for the Fall of Constantinople in 1204
- 20 ‘Words Filled With Tears’: Amorous Discourse as Lamentation in the Palaiologan Romances
- 21 The Tragic, the Comic and the Tragicomic in Cretan Renaissance Literature
- 22 Belisarius in the Shadow Theatre: The Private Calvary of a Legendary General
- 23 Afterword
- Appendix CHYROGLES, or <i>The Girl with Two Husbands</i>
- Index Locurum
- Index Rerum
- (p.403) 23 Afterword
- Greek Laughter and Tears
- 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.
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