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  • Also 303n83: "Recall that memory is always described as a type of affectus and inner aspectus." back

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • In medieval prayer, aspectus represented a concentrated state of "inner seeing" that drew on the sensuousness of physical ornament for its emotional focus (affectus) .3 Though not commonly used, the astronomical connotations persist; for example, the various meanings of aspect include "the relative positions of the heavenly bodies as they appear to an observer on the Earth's surface at a given time."

    Architecture and Memory: The Renaissance Studioli of Federico da Montefeltro

  • Nam spiritus cerebri si tum male afficiantur, tales procreant, et quales fuerint affectus, tales filiorum: ex tristibus tristes, ex jucundis jucundi nascuntur, &c. 1338.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Non est amor desiderium aut appetitus ut ab omnibus hactenus traditim; nam cum potimur amata re, non manet appetitus; est igitur affectus quo cum re amata aut unimur, aut unionem perpetuamus.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Quanquam natura, et arte eram formosissima, isto tamen astu tanto speciosior videbar, quod enim oculis cupitum aegre praebetur, multo magis affectus humanos incendit.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Contra omnes melancholicos affectus confert, ac certum est ipsius usu omnes cordis et corporis vires mirum in modum refici.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • “Athenis affectus movere etiam per praeconem prohibatur orator”; “Apol.”


  • Quoties de Panthea Xenophontis locum perlego, ita animo affectus ac si coram intuerer.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • By the very fact that we conceive a thing, which is like ourselves, and which we have not regarded with any emotion, to be affected with any emotion, we are ourselves affected with a like emotion (affectus).

    The Ethics

  • Quis tot carmina componeret, nisi ut inde affectus suos in mulieres explicaret?

    Anatomy of Melancholy


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