CAHSS Faculty Articles

Title

Restraining Rage: The Ideology of Anger Control in Classical Antiquity

Department

Department of History and Political Science

Publication Date

7-22-2002

Publication Title

Metapsychology Online Reviews

ISSN

1931-5716

Volume

6

Issue/No.

30

Abstract

Excerpt

Classical studies earns its salt when it we learn something of value from it; not when philological prowess is displayed in esoteric linguistic disputes. Restraining Rage is an example of the best that classical studies has to offer. Harris traverses the fields of anthropology, philology, literary theory, philosophy, and psychology with equal facility. Early in the book Harris claims, "Anger control is rather obviously a contemporary problem, though it is seldom seen as such except by psychiatrists" (8). The book speaks to its relevance, particularly to mental health professionals, when Harris quotes S.A. Diamond, a
contemporary psychiatrist, as saying, "the complicated clinical problems presented by anger and rage remain far and away the most confounding Gordian knot faced in the effective practice of psychotherapy" (8).

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