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Konstan, David

Works: 94 works in 512 publications in 6 languages and 19,949 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Drama  Conference papers and proceedings 
Roles: Author, Editor, Translator, Other, Author of afterword, colophon, etc., Author of introduction
Classifications: PA6069, 872.0109
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Most widely held works about David Konstan
Most widely held works by David Konstan
Roman comedy by David Konstan( Book )

16 editions published between 1983 and 1986 in English and Undetermined and held by 827 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Friendship in the classical world by David Konstan( Book )

18 editions published between 1996 and 2012 in English and Arabic and held by 613 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The emotions of the Ancient Greeks : studies in Aristotle and classical literature by David Konstan( Book )

25 editions published between 2006 and 2016 in English and Undetermined and held by 576 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"It is generally assumed that whatever else has changed about the human condition since the dawn of civilization, basic human emotions - love, fear, anger, envy, shame - have remained constant. David Konstan, however, argues that the emotions of the ancient Greeks were in some significant respects different from our own, and that recognizing these differences is important to understanding ancient Greek literature and culture."--Jacket
Greek comedy and ideology by David Konstan( Book )

16 editions published between 1995 and 2010 in English and Undetermined and held by 549 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Konstan begins by examining the utopian features of Aristophanes' comedies - for example, an all-powerful city inhabited by birds, or a world of limitless wealth presided over by the god of Wealth himself - as interventions in the political issues of his time. He goes on to explore the more private world of Menandrean comedy (as well as two adaptations of Menander by the Roman playwright Terence), illustrating how problems of social status, citizenship, and gender are negotiated by means of elaborately contrived plots. Konstan closes with a chapter examining an imitation of ancient comedy by Moliere, and the way in which the ideology of emerging capitalism transforms the premises of the classical genre
Sexual symmetry : love in the ancient novel and related genres by David Konstan( Book )

14 editions published between 1993 and 2014 in English and held by 547 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the Greek romances," writes David Konstan, "sighs, tears, and suicide attempts are as characteristic of the male as of the female in distress; ruses, disguises, and outright violence in defense of one's chastity are as much the part of the female as of the male." Exploring how erotic love is represented in ancient amatory literature, Konstan points to the symmetry in the passion of the hero and heroine as a unique feature of the Greek novel: they fall mutually in love, they are of approximately the same age and social class, and their reciprocal attachment ends in marriage. He shows how the plots of the novels are perfectly adapted to expressing this symmetry and how, because of their structure, they differ from classical epic, elegy, comedy, tragedy, and other genres, including modern novels ranging from Sidney to Harlequin romances. Using works like Chaereas and Callirhoe and Daphnis and Chloe, Konstan examines such issues as pederasty, the role of eros in both marital and nonmarital love, and the ancient Greek concept of fidelity. He reveals how the novelistic formula of sexual symmetry reverses the pattern of all other ancient genres, where erotic desire appears one-sided and unequal and is often viewed as either a weakness or an aggressive, conquering power. Konstan's approach draws upon theories concerning the nature of sexuality in the ancient world, reflected in the work of Michel Foucault, David Halperin, and John Winkler
Simplicius on Aristotle's Physics 6 by Simplicius( Book )

30 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in 3 languages and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Book Six of Aristotle's Physics, which concerns the continuum, shows Aristotle at his best. It contains his attack on atomism which forced subsequent Greek and Islamic atomists to reshape their views entirely. It also elaborates Zeno's paradoxes of motion and the famous paradoxes of stopping and starting. This is the first translation into any modern language of Simplicius' commentary on Book Six. Simplicius, the greatest ancient authority on Aristotle's Physics whose works have survived to the present, lived in the sixth century A.D. He produced detailed commentaries on several of Aristotle's works. Those on the Physics, which alone come to over 1300 pages in the original Greek, preserve not only a centuries-old tradition of ancient scholarship on Aristotle but also fragments of lost works by other thinkers, including both the Presocratic philosophers and such Aristotalians as Eudemus, Theophrastus and Alexander. The Physics contains some of Aristotle's best and most enduring work, and Simplicius' commentaries are essential to an understanding of it. This volume makes the commentary on Book Six accessible at last to all scholars, whether or not they know classical Greek. It will be indispensible for students of classical philosophy, and especially of Aristotle, as well as for those interested in philosophical thought of late antiquity. It will also be welcomed by students of the history of ideas and philosophers interested in problem mathematics and motion."--Bloomsbury Publishing
Beauty : the fortunes of an ancient Greek idea by David Konstan( Book )

15 editions published between 2014 and 2015 in English and held by 471 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Beauty offers an elegant investigation of ancient Greek notions of beauty and, in the process, sheds light on how we ought to appreciate the artistic achievements of the classical world. The book opens by reexamining the commonly held notion that the ancient Greeks possessed no term that can be unambiguously defined as "beauty" or "beautiful." Author David Konstan discusses a number of Greek approximations before positioning the heretofore unexamined term kállos as the key to bridging the gap between beauty and desire, and tracing its evolution as applied to physical beauty, art, literature, and more. The book then examines corresponding terms in Biblical Hebrew and ancient Latin literature to highlight the survival of Greek ideas in the Latin West. The final chapter compares the ancient Greek conception of beauty with modern notions of beauty and aesthetics. In particular, it focuses on the reception of classical Greek art in the Renaissance and how Vasari and his contemporaries borrowed from Plato the sense that the beauty in art was transcendental, but left out the erotic dimension of viewing. Even if Greece was the inspiration for modern aesthetic ideals, this study illustrates how the Greek view of the relationship between beauty and desire was surprisingly consistent-and different from our own. This fascinating and magisterial exploration makes it possible to identify how the Greeks thought of beauty, what it was that attracted them, and what their perceptions can still tell us about art, love, desire-and beauty." -- Publisher's description
Before forgiveness : the origins of a moral idea by David Konstan( Book )

22 editions published between 2010 and 2012 in English and German and held by 384 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, David Konstan argues that the modern concept of interpersonal forgiveness, in the full sense of the term, did not exist in ancient Greece and Rome. Even more startlingly, it is not fully present in the Hebrew Bible, nor again in the New Testament, or in the early Jewish and Christian commentaries on the Holy Scriptures. It would still be centuries-- many centuries-- before the idea of interpersonal forgiveness, with its accompanying ideas of apology, remorse, and a change of heart on the part of the wrongdoer, would emerge. For all its vast importance today in religion, law, politics, and psychotherapy, interpersonal forgiveness is creation of the 18th and 19th centuries, when the Christian concept of divine forgiveness was finally secularized. Forgiveness was God's province, and it took a revolution in thought to bring it to earth and make it a human trait"--
Ancient forgiveness( Book )

18 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this book, twelve eminent scholars of classical antiquity and ancient and medieval Judaism and Christianity explore the nature and place of forgiveness in the pre-modern Western world. They discuss whether the concept of forgiveness, as it is often understood today, was absent, or at all events more restricted in scope than has been commonly supposed, and what related ideas (such as clemency or reconciliation) may have taken the place of forgiveness. An introductory chapter reviews the conceptual territory of forgiveness and illuminates the potential breadth of the idea, enumerating the important questions a theory of the subject should explore. The following chapters examine forgiveness in the contexts of classical Greece and Rome; the Hebrew Bible, the Talmud, and Moses Maimonides; and the New Testament, the Church Fathers, and Thomas Aquinas"--
Some aspects of Epicurean psychology by David Konstan( Book )

12 editions published in 1973 in 3 languages and held by 334 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Epic and history by David Konstan( Book )

22 editions published between 2009 and 2014 in English and held by 321 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With contributions from leading scholars, this is a unique cross-cultural comparison of historical epics across a wide range of cultures and time periods, which presents crucial insights into how history is treated in narrative poetry.: The first book to gain new insights into the topic of 'epic and history' through in-depth cross-cultural comparisons; Covers epic traditions across the globe and across a wide range of time periods; Brings together leading specialists in the field, and is edited by two internationally regarded scholars; An important reference for scholars and students intereste
Pity transformed by David Konstan( Book )

13 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in English and held by 288 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Pity Transformed is the only full-length discussion of pity in the classical world in any language. In this fascinating examination of how pity was imagined and expressed in classical antiquity, David Konstan pays particular attention to the ways in which the pity of the Greeks and Romans differed from modern ideas. Among the topics investigated in this wide-ranging study are the appeal to pity in courts of law and the connection between pity and desert; the relation between pity and love or intimacy; self-pity; the role of pity in war and its relation to human rights and human dignity; divine pity from paganism to Christianity; and why pity was considered an emotion." "This book will lead readers to ponder how the Greeks and Romans were both like and unlike us in this fundamental area of cultural sensibility."--Jacket
On Aristotle's "Nicomachean ethics 1-4, 7-8" by Aspasius( Book )

20 editions published between 2006 and 2014 in English and Undetermined and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Aspasius' commentary on the "Nicomachean Ethics", of which six books have come down to us, is the oldest surviving Greek commentary on any of Aristotle's works, dating to the middle of the second century AD. It offers precious insight into the thinking and pedagogical methods of the Peripatetic school in the early Roman Empire, and provides illuminating discussions of numerous technical points in Aristotle's treatise, along with valuable excursuses on such topics as the nature of the emotions. This is the first complete translation of Aspasius' work in any modern language."--Publisher's website
Hierocles the Stoic : elements of ethics, fragments and excerpts by Ilaria Ramelli( Book )

21 editions published in 2009 in 3 languages and held by 210 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A life worthy of the gods : the materialist psychology of Epicurus by David Konstan( Book )

10 editions published in 2008 in English and Undetermined and held by 171 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Epicurus, and his Roman disciple Lucretius, held that the primary cause of human unhappiness was an irrational fear of death. What is more, they believed that a clear understanding of the nature of the world would help to eliminate this fear for if we recognize that the universe and everything in it is made up of atoms and empty space, we will see that the soul cannot possibly survive the extinction of the body - and no harm to us can occur after we die. This liberating insight is at the core of Epicurean therapy. In this book, Konstan seeks to show how such fears arose, according to the Epicureans, and why they persist even in modern societies. It offers a close examination of the basic principles of Epicurean psychology: showing how a system based on a materialistic world view could provide a coherent account of irrational anxieties and desires, and provide a therapy that would allow human beings to enjoy life to the fullest degree
Women in Roman Republican drama( Book )

6 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Latin plays were written for audiences whose gender perspectives and expectations were shaped by life in Rome, and the crowds watching the plays included both female citizens and female slaves. Relationships between men and women, ideas of masculinity and femininity, the stock characters of dowered wife and of prostitute--all of these are frequently staged in Roman tragedies and comedies. This is the first book to confront directly the role of women in Roman Republican plays of all genres, as well as to examine the role of gender in the influence of this tradition on later dramatists from Shakespeare to Sondheim
Terms for eternity : aiônios and aïdios in classical and Christian texts by Ilaria Ramelli( Book )

12 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 81 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"What is truly timeless? This book explores the language of eternity, and in particular two ancient Greek terms that may bear the sense of "eternal": aionios and aidios. This fascinating linguistic chronicle is marked by several milestones that correspond to the emergence of new perspectives on the nature of eternity. These milestones include the advent of Pre-Socratic physical speculation and the notion of limitless time in ancient philosophy, the major shift in orientation marked by Plato's idea of a timeless eternity, and the further development of Pre-Socratic insights by Epicurean and Stoic thinkers. From the biblical perspective, the intersection of Greek and Hebrew conceptions is reflected in Septuagint, as well as new inflections in popular terminology in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, and in the role of eternity in the theology of the New Testament. The profound cross-fertilization of Christian and classical philosophical conceptions in the works of the Church fathers and their contemporaries is explored, bringing the topic into the Patristic period. Christian theology in the first five centuries of the Common Era and its choice of vocabulary prove to be most revealing of larger doctrinal commitments. Above all debate raged on the question of eternal damnation versus the idea (deemed heretical in the Christian church after the formal condemnation of Origenism) of apocastastis or universal salvation -- that is, the belief that the wicked are not condemned to eternal punishment but will eventually be included among the saved. Terminology for "eternity" is often at the core of how these issues were debated, and helps to identify which writers inclined to one or the other view of the matter."--Publisher's website
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Friendship in the classical world
Alternative Names
David Konstan American classical philologist

David Konstan US-amerikanischer Klassischer Philologe

Konstan, D.

Konstan, D. 1940-

Konstan, D. (David)

Konstan, David

The emotions of the Ancient Greeks : studies in Aristotle and classical literatureGreek comedy and ideologySexual symmetry : love in the ancient novel and related genresSimplicius on Aristotle's Physics 6Before forgiveness : the origins of a moral ideaEpic and historyOn Aristotle's "Nicomachean ethics 1-4, 7-8"Hierocles the Stoic : elements of ethics, fragments and excerpts