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Anna Katharina Schaffner

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780231172301

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231172301.001.0001

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(p.52) 3 Saturn

Anna Katharina Schaffner

Columbia University Press

The Renaissance scholar Marsilio Ficino believed that the symptoms of exhaustion were caused by planetary movements. Mixing medical, Neo-Platonic and astrological cures, Ficino tried to enlist the help of the celestial bodies to fight exhaustion. Literary and cinematic examples include W. G. Sebald's 'The Rings of Saturn' and Lars von Trier's film 'Melancholia'.

Keywords:   Marsilio Ficino, Neo-Platonic, Astrology, Saturn, W. G. Sebald's 'The Rings of Saturn', Lars von Trier's film 'Melancholia'

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