Erasmus and Sleep: A Case Study for the History of Sleep in the Early Modern Period

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Title
Erasmus and Sleep: A Case Study for the History of Sleep in the Early Modern Period
Journal
The Sixteenth Century Journal
Author(s)
Crousaz Karine
ISSN
0361-0160
Publication state
Published
Issued date
2024
Peer-reviewed
Oui
Volume
54
Number
3-4
Pages
355-379
Language
english
Abstract
Erasmus of Rotterdam viewed sleep as playing a fundamental role in the functioning of the intellect and in the preservation of health. As a young man, Erasmus found the vigils imposed in the middle of the night in the monastery of the Austin Canons in Steyn too heavy a burden for him, and he mentioned them regularly among the reasons why he was not made for the monastic life. With his famous colloquy Diluculum, however, Erasmus played a part in imposing on the modern West the idea that one needs to rise early to accomplish complex intellectual work. As a corollary, but one that is much less known than his advice in the Diluculum, Erasmus strictly avoided night work and advised his readers to do the same.
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