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Following the ancient and the Arabic traditions of amor hereos, medieval physicians perpetuated the definition of love as a form of melancholy, a kind of insanity of atrabiliar origin, accompanied by intense fear and sorrow. This study investigates, on the one hand, the ambiguous medieval notions of melancholy and lovesickness, often included in a similar etiologic and nosologic framework, and the original contribution offered to this medical tradition by Arnold of Villanova, a Catalan physician of the 13th century. On the other hand, the paper attempts an analysis of the relationship between medical doctrine and literary theory, exploring the psychological-physical definition of amorous passion elaborated in what could be considered a sort of encyclopaedia of medieval love, in De amore by Andreas Capellanus.

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