Strategic Differences: Seneca and Plutarch on Controlling Anger

Strategic Differences: Seneca and Plutarch on Controlling Anger www.brill.nl/mnem Strategic Diff erences: Seneca and Plutarch on Controlling Anger L. van Hoof Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Instituut Klassieke Studies, Blijde-Inkomststraat 21, 3000 L euven, Belgium lieve.vanhoof@arts.kuleuven.be Abstract In a span of less than a century, Seneca and Plutarch both wrote works arguing against anger. Th is article studies these texts as speech acts, that is, as discourses through which the authors, by various means, seek to produce a certain effect in their readers. Th e comparison of several parallel passages from Seneca’s On Anger and Plutarch’s On the Control of Anger with regard to genre, philosophical tech- nicality, rhetorical strategies, and specific argumentation brings to the fore how Seneca, in his plea for the eradication of anger, instills a concept of virtue sub- stantially different from what most Romans would be familiar with, whereas Plutarch promotes the control of anger as an important part of the way a gentle- man presents himself in a civilised society. Keywords ethics, anger, literary strategies, Plutarch, Seneca 1. Introduction Out of the extensive literature written by Greek and Roman thinkers on the subject of anger, 1) two texts have come down to us almost entirely: Seneca’s On Anger ( De ira ) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Mnemosyne Brill

Strategic Differences: Seneca and Plutarch on Controlling Anger

Mnemosyne , Volume 60 (1): 59 – Jan 1, 2007

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© 2007 Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0026-7074
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1568-525X
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10.1163/156852507X165847
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www.brill.nl/mnem Strategic Diff erences: Seneca and Plutarch on Controlling Anger L. van Hoof Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Instituut Klassieke Studies, Blijde-Inkomststraat 21, 3000 L euven, Belgium lieve.vanhoof@arts.kuleuven.be Abstract In a span of less than a century, Seneca and Plutarch both wrote works arguing against anger. Th is article studies these texts as speech acts, that is, as discourses through which the authors, by various means, seek to produce a certain effect in their readers. Th e comparison of several parallel passages from Seneca’s On Anger and Plutarch’s On the Control of Anger with regard to genre, philosophical tech- nicality, rhetorical strategies, and specific argumentation brings to the fore how Seneca, in his plea for the eradication of anger, instills a concept of virtue sub- stantially different from what most Romans would be familiar with, whereas Plutarch promotes the control of anger as an important part of the way a gentle- man presents himself in a civilised society. Keywords ethics, anger, literary strategies, Plutarch, Seneca 1. Introduction Out of the extensive literature written by Greek and Roman thinkers on the subject of anger, 1) two texts have come down to us almost entirely: Seneca’s On Anger ( De ira )

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MnemosyneBrill

Published: Jan 1, 2007

Keywords: SENECA; PLUTARCH; LITERARY STRATEGIES; ETHICS; ANGER

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