In this interview Ramsay MacMullen, a great scholar in ancient history , explains his lifetime preference for subjects discovered among sectors of the population of little interest to ancient writers, therefore also of little interest to modern classicists; for, most naturally, classicists focus on language and literature or on in-dividuals as they illuminate an approved canon. MacMullen's preference has rather been "democratic, … blame it on sympathies". "Sympathies" helps to explain also his many articles and several books focused on, or giving space to, the emotions. Emotions, being wrapped around a society's values, give energy to behavior, as a historian of course must understand ("Motivation" being the subtitle to his 2014 book).

Ancient history, law and emotions. An interview with Ramsay MacMullen

RANDAZZO, SALVATORE
2018

Abstract

In this interview Ramsay MacMullen, a great scholar in ancient history , explains his lifetime preference for subjects discovered among sectors of the population of little interest to ancient writers, therefore also of little interest to modern classicists; for, most naturally, classicists focus on language and literature or on in-dividuals as they illuminate an approved canon. MacMullen's preference has rather been "democratic, … blame it on sympathies". "Sympathies" helps to explain also his many articles and several books focused on, or giving space to, the emotions. Emotions, being wrapped around a society's values, give energy to behavior, as a historian of course must understand ("Motivation" being the subtitle to his 2014 book).
mass culture; historical method; emotions
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