[lit-ideas] Hippocrates -- The Four Humours and Eng. Lit.

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sun, 4 Nov 2007 08:21:59 EST

I'd be interested in the development in Eng.Lit. of Hippocrates's theory of  
the four humours. It strikes me as chemically or hormonally wrong, but I  
understand it provided authors with a lot of material to create characters, 
e.g.  
Hamlet, "melancholic", Othello, "choleric", etc. There is a three-vol. edition 
 in the Loeb. One surprisingly combined with fragments from Herakleitus.
Any lead or commentary welcome.
 
JL Speranza

St.  Michael Hall,
Calle 58, No. 611,
La Plata B1900 BPY
Provincia de Buenos  Aires, Argentina.




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