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Emotion
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Judaism and Christianity brought new ways of conceiving emotion in the ancient world. In what follows, selected emotions are compared in the light of their description in classical Greek and Latin texts and in early Christian writings. It is impossible to reconstruct how these emotions were felt in real life, but it is reasonable to suppose that there were significant shifts in the experiencing of emotions as well as in the accounts found in the surviving literature.

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Konstan, David, “Emotion”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 23 April 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2589-7993_eeco_SIM_036380>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180921



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