By Leslie Lockett
Old English verse and prose depict the human brain as a corporeal entity situated within the chest hollow space, vulnerable to spatial and thermal alterations such as the mental states: it was once suggestion that feelings equivalent to rage, grief, and craving can cause the contents of the chest to develop hot, boil, or be constricted by means of strain. whereas readers often suppose the metaphorical nature of such literary photos, Leslie Lockett, in Anglo-Saxon Psychologies within the Vernacular and Latin Traditions, argues that those depictions are literal representations of Anglo-Saxon folks psychology.
Lockett analyses either well-studied and little-known texts, together with Insular Latin grammars, The Ruin, the previous English Soliloquies, The Rhyming Poem, and the writings of Patrick, Bishop of Dublin. She demonstrates that the Platonist-Christian idea of the incorporeal brain used to be recognized to only a few Anglo-Saxons all through lots of the interval, whereas the idea that of mind-in-the-heart remained common. Anglo-Saxon Psychologies within the Vernacular and Latin Traditions examines the interactions of rival - and incompatible - suggestions of the brain in a hugely unique way.
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