Lingua Sed Torpet: Manifestations of Emotion
in the Ancient World

Twelfth Annual Graduate Student Colloquium, Charlottesville, Virginia, Saturday, February 16, 2008.

  The Classics Graduate Students Association will hold its twelfth annual graduate student colloquium, entitled "Lingua Sed Torpet: Manifestations of Emotion in the Ancient World", on Saturday, February 16 from 9:30 to 4:45 in 125 Minor Hall. The colloquium is open to the public and free of charge.

  David Konstan, John Rowe Workman Distinguished Professor of Classics and the Humanistic Tradition and Professor of Comparative Literature at Brown University will deliver a keynote address entitled "Weeping for Joy: A Paradox in the Expression of Emotion." Professor Konstan has published on a wide variety of Classical subjects ranging from Greek and Roman comedy to the psychology and philosophy of emotion in the ancient world, including Sexual Symmetry: Love in the Ancient Novel and Related Genres (1994), Friendship in the Classical World (1997), The Emotions of the Ancient Greeks: Studies in Aristotle and Classical Literature (2006), and most recently, Terms for Eternity: Aiônios and aïdios in Classical and Christian Texts (2007).

  This colloquium will explore emotions and their expression in the ancient world. In what ways are emotions expressed in ancient writers of all genres, in visual art, or in inscriptions? Do Greek communities express emotions in ways fundamentally different from Roman communities? What social and cultural values are revealed by such expressions? Conversely, how and why are expressions of emotion sometimes deliberately suppressed? How does the material record alter the views presented in literary texts? How does ancient medical theory? How does ancient art, whether painting, sculpture or even architecture, depict emotions, and how does it evoke them in the observer? How do status, gender, and ethnicity affect the expression of emotions? What is the role of emotion in Greek and Roman religious experiences? How do philosophers view emotions and their role in human life? What can ancient emotions and their expression tell us about modern views and practices?

  Please contact colloquium organizers Justin Carreker (carreker at or Dessa Asp (moa3y at with any questions.