Looks of Love and Loathing: Cultural Models of Vision and Emotion in Ancient Greek Culture
Keywords:ancient Greek culture, love, loathing
The paper considers the intersection of cultural models of emotion, specifically love and envy, with folk and scientific models of vision in Greek antiquity. Though the role of the eyes in the expression of these emotions can intersect with widespread beliefs in vision as a 'haptic', material process, analogous to touch, none the less the emotional concepts resist absorption into a single over-arching theory of the physical effects of seeing and being seen. The specific cultural models of vision ('active', 'passive', and 'interactive') are enlisted in support of cultural models of emotion where they fit, modified where they fit less well, and ignored when they do not fit at all.
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