Madness in ancient literature by Ainsworth O"Brien-Moore

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Published by R. Wagner in Weimar .

Written in English

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Subjects:

  • Mental illness in literature,
  • Classical literature -- History and criticism

Edition Notes

Thesis (Ph. D.)--Princeton University, 1922.

Book details

Statementby Ainsworth O"Brien-Moore.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsPA3015.I6 O2 1924
The Physical Object
Pagination228 p.
Number of Pages228
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL6677929M
LC Control Number25010731
OCLC/WorldCa4987173

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