This article was published in Humanitas as well as at other online sites detailed below. The article concerns 'acedia' and 'tristitia', medieval versions of the modern problem of 'chronic ennui' (a condition also known as 'the spleen', 'saturnine melancholy', 'depression', 'the English malady', 'alienation' and 'anomie').
Go to: 'Medieval Acedia, Tristitia, Sloth: Early Christian Forerunners to postmodern ennui'. Copyright Ian Irvine (Ian Hobson) 1998. This article originally appeared as part of the non-fiction book 'The Angel of Luxury and Sadness: The Emergence of the Normative Ennui Cycle', published by Booksurge, 2001, by Ian Irvine, all rights reserved. [Available from Amazon.com]
Other versions/ publications have appeared online since publication: Humanitas version, Sloth, ennui and Tristitia ; Paleopsych (US) and Questia.
The essay has also been cited in a number of academic texts and books - e.g. Lesely Keney's excellent PhD thesis entitled Boredom Escapes Us: A Cultural Collage in 11 Storeys, p.67-76 (online PDF from the University of Toronto available) see also Emotions in History: Lost and Found by Ute Frevert (Central European Universaity Press, 2011) - and has been linked to from the Wikipedia entry on 'acedia' and from Enclopedia.com's entry on 'acedia'.
Image: Melancholia by Charpentier, 1901.