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Some Anatomies of Melancholy

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Not simply an investigation into melancholy, these unique essays form part of a panoramic celebration of human behaviour from the time of the ancients to the Renaissance. God, devils, old age, diet, drunkenness, love and beauty are each given equal consideration in this all-encompassing examination of the human condition.

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Paperback, 142 pages
Published August 7th 2008 by Penguin (first published 1621)
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Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
There are no simple words to explain the parts of this super huge book that I read, but it's worthy, and now I'm going to download the complete 1400 pages and I will happily jump from one part to another as I used to do with the DSM-IVTR. No reason to buy the 5th as far as I'm concerned, as I have Burton now :)

Non ci sono parole semplici per spiegare gli estratti che ho letto dal gigantesco libro di Burton, ma ne valgono la pena, quindi ora mi "scenderó" il trattato completo saltando da una part
May 31, 2015 rated it liked it
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I struggled with this but persevered to the end and I am glad that I did. In the last section he accurately describes the effect that a beautiful woman can have on a man. You'll have to read it yourself to find out!
I liked the second part of this book more than the first.
Andrea F J De Pace

General causes of melancholy are either supernatural or natural.

Supernatural causes are from God and His angels, or by God’s permission from the devil and his ministers. In this case, una eademque manus vulnus opemque feret.

Among natural causes, old age, being of the same quality as melancholy is, must needs cause it, by diminution of spirits and substance. We have many weak persons, both in body and mind; our fathers bad, and we are like to be worse.

Love melancholy is both supernatura
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I found it very hard to understand the language, if I even understood it at all. Melancholy in those days is possibly what we call depression today.
Steve Mitchell
I found parts of this difficult to relate to, although it was interesting to see how human nature was viewed in the 16th and 17th centuries.
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Robert Burton was an English scholar, born in 1577. Entered Brasenose College, Oxford, 1593. Student of Christ Church, 1599; B.D., 1614 and Vicar of St. Thomas's, Oxford, 1616, and rector of Seagrave from 1630 until his death in 1640. Best known for writing The Anatomy of Melancholy.