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Corporeal Fear and Corporeal Delight : Body-based Metaphors for Expressing Emotion in Ugaritic Song

A Lecture and Video-Conference in English
by Robert Hawley (École Pratique des Hautes Études, Paris)

Thursday, November 29, 2018 4 p.m.-6 p.m. (Paris time) at the Ivry sur Seine CNRS building, 27 rue Paul Bert, Porte de Choisy/Porte d’Ivry subway station, room C in the basement or by distance through video-conference

The Ugaritian poets’ stereotyped use of body-based metaphors for conveying the experience of intense emotions such as delight, fear or grief has long been recognized. Several “stock” phrases and passages appear repeatedly in a number of different lyric and epic songs, all of which were probably set down in writing (in the local vernacular and by means of the alphabetic cuneiform script then in use) in the mid- to late 13th century BC. This presentation will give a brief survey of the body-based vocabulary used in these stock phrases, along with an overview of the history of their interpretation, and of the (lexicographic) problems which remain unresolved. A sketch of where (that is, in which internal organ or organs) the Ugaritian poets believed the individual emotions to manifest themselves will then be attempted, and some synchronic and diachronic comparisons with other ancient literatures made.

This presentation constitutes the twenty-second monthly session of the interdisciplinary seminar “The Individual and his Body in the Ancient Mediterranean Basin” organized by Alice Mouton.

All the persons who are interested in attending the session (either in Ivry sur Seine or through video-conference) are welcome for free but should register by e-mail beforehand.


contact :

Sorbonne Université
Orient Méditerranée - UMR 8167
Paris Sorbonne Université
Sorbonne Université - Université Paris 1
École Pratique des Hautes Études
Centre Léon Robin sur la pensée antique
Patrimoines et Langages Musicaux
Institut de recherche et d'histoire des textes
Archéologies d'Orient et d'Occident et textes anciens (AOROC) - UMR8546

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