Saturno e la melanconia. Studi su storia della filosofia naturale, medicina, religione e arte
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Saturno e la melanconia. Studi su storia della filosofia naturale, medicina, religione e arte

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La lunga storia di questo libro, in cui si concentrano i risultati di mezzo secolo di ricerche, ne ha fatto un classico obbligatorio per chiunque affronti i temi in esso trattati, o sia interessato all'ipotesi metodologica che vi è sottesa. È questo infatti il testo tipico del metodo di lavoro del Warburg Institute: lo stesso argomento prescelto, il temperamento melanconic

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Hardcover, Saggi 657, 423 pages
Published 2002 by Einaudi (first published 1964)
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Stephen
I also read the English edition, borrowed (indirectly, via Interlibrary loan) from CUNY's Graduate School. My primary interest in the book is related to my fascination with the works of the filmmaker Lars von Trier. I recently discovered Durer's print Melencolia I, and intuited that Trier's recent magnum opus Melancholia might owe some of its symbolism to Durer's print or to other historical notions this book might reveal. Secondarily,I have always had a love for books that reveal the hidden pat...more
Wythe Marschall
(Well, mine's the hardback, English edition, borrowed from Brooklyn College, but same book.) Saxl et al document the medical development of "melancholy" as an ambivalent humor (inspiring both sluggishness and divine madness) as well as the mythopoetic rise of Saturn as the dread Star of Genius.

Saturn and Melancholy is perfect for anyone interested in the Graeco-Roman concept of Kronos/Saturnus, in the Islamic Golden Age and how great physical/medical thinkers in Baghdad and great religious think...more
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