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'Perché non ti ricordi di noi anche tu?' Aspetti emozionali della memoria nell’Egitto Greco-Romano nella testimonianza delle lettere private nei papiri Greci (2022)


“You also know that I’m mindful of you: why weren’t you mindful of us too, but forgetful?” So an ancient Egyptian from Kellis wrote to his sister, in the early 4th century AD. Feelings and emotions rarely surface in the private letters on papyrus from Hellenistic and Roman Egypt, mainly because they could be easily read by third parties and did not grant sufficient privacy. Nevertheless, it is possible to glimpse some emotional aspects from the survived texts: love, fear, anger, distress, and so on, some of which have already been studied. However, memory is still unexplored topic: through the discussion of the extant sources, it will be shown that in several cases memory - in the perception of the ancient letter writers - was felt as a timeless and endless dimension, which connected the correspondents’ minds, thoughts, and souls, by means of the written word but at the same time overcoming it in an emotional impulse, which is perhaps the liveliest and most moving representation of ancient yet present feelings.

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Authors & Contributors
Hoz, María Paz de
Guichard, Luis Arturo
García Alonso, Juan Luis
Netz, Reviel
Andorlini, Isabella
Francesco M. Galassi
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Geographia antiqua
NTM: Zeitschrift für Geschichte der Naturwissenschaften, Technik und Medizin
Galenos: Rivista di Filologia dei Testi Medici Antichi
Technai, An International Journal for Ancient Science and Technology
Quod Manet Press
Carocci Editore
Fabrizio Serra Editore
Peter Lang
Science and literature
Roman Empire
Interdisciplinary approach to knowledge
Poetry and poetics
Asclepius of Epidaurus
Hippocrates of Cos
Eratosthenes of Cyrene
Dionysios Periegetes
Empedocles of Agrigentum
Time Periods
2nd century
6th century
17th century
Hellenistic world
Alexandria (Egypt)
Mediterranean region

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