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The Sin of Sloth: Acedia in Medieval Thought and Literature
Wenzel presents the history of the concept of "acedia," of spiritual sloth," from its origins among the Egyptian desert monks through the Middle Ages to the Renaissance. The investigation proceeds in chronological order and pays close attention to the different emphases and changes the concept underwent.Originally published in 1967.A UNC Press Enduring Edition -- UNC Press ...more
Paperback, 282 pages
Published June 1st 2012 by University of North Carolina Press
(first published January 1st 1967)
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Extremely difficult book to read, but forced myself because of the sheer amount of research Wenzel had done with the medieval texts aspect, and i wanted to see what references and resources he had found. It has the bad habit of presenting latin and greek text quotes untranslated, which seems awfully hard core for a book published in the 1960s. I personally don't agree with his assumption that Sloth and Acedia are one and the same, but that wasn't why I read this. This book is great as a jumping ...more