This volume examines emotional trauma in the ancient world, with material spanning literary texts from different genres (from epic and theatre to historiography) and archaeological sources, and geographically from Greece and Rome to Judaea with a chronological range from about 8th c. BCE to 1st c. CE.
It is organized according to broad themes to showcase the wide range of possibilities of trauma theory as a theoretical framework to discover new angles in ancient sources but also ways that make ancient texts illuminate critical thinking in trauma studies.
Introduction Andromache Karanika and Vassiliki Panoussi
Part 1: War Trauma
1. Aspects of Violence, Trauma, and Theater in Sophocles’ Ajax Trigg Settle
2. Combat Trauma in Vergil’s Aeneid Vassiliki Panoussi
Part 2: Women and Trauma
3. Repetition, Civic Status, and Remedy: Women and Trauma in New Comedy Sharon L. James
4. Subaltern Women, Sexual Violence, and Trauma in Ovid’s Amores Jessica Wise
Part 3: Collective Trauma
5. The Acropolis Burning! Reactions to Collective Trauma in the Years After 480/79 BCE Marion Meyer
6. Historiographical Trauma: The Case of Polybius Susan C. Jarratt
Part 4: Natural Disasters, Exile, Captivity
7. Non est facile inter mala magna consipere: Trauma, Earthquakes, and Bibliotherapy in Seneca’s Naturales Quaestiones Christopher Trinacty
8. Ovid and the Trauma of Exile Sanjaya Thakur
9. Philo’s Flaccus: Trauma, Justice, and Revenge Philip R. Bosman
Part 5: Communicating Trauma
10. Learning to Bear Witness: Tragic Bystanders in Sophocles’ Trachiniae Erika L. Weiberg
11. Oedipus’ Lament: Waking and Refashioning the Traumatic Past in Sophocles’ Oedipus at Colonus Laurialan Reitzammer
12. Troy as Trauma: Reflections on Intergenerational Transmission and the Locus of Trauma Andromache Karanika.