Daughters of Sun.Mania, Melancholy and Love Sickness in Ancient Myth and Scientific Sources

Valentina Gazzaniga, Silvia Marinozzi


Ancient medical and philosophical sources do not discuss the etiology of  ovesickness, simply cataloguing its symptoms. The informal connection between black bile and lovesickness turns, in later texts, into a disease in whick black bile overheats, changing its nature (in CH it is a cold and dry element), burning and producing smoke. The article analyze this ontological changement; the Pseudoaristotelian Problema XXX can help in reconstructing the sense of the mythological stories of Pasiphae, Medea, Ariadne and Phaedra, women bound by a close family relationship.

Key words: Lovesickness - Daughters of the Sun - Mania - Melancholy - Black bile

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