Telemachus, Son of Ulysses

Telemachus, Son of Ulysses

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FAcnelon's Telemachus (1699) is, alongside Bossuet's Politics, the most important work of political theory of the grand siAucle in France. It was also the most widely read work of the time, influencing Montesquieu and Rousseau in its attempt to combine monarchism with republican virtues. FAcnelon tells of the moral and political education of Telemachus, young son of Ulysses, by his tutor Mentor (the goddess Minerva in disguise). Telemachus visits every corner of the Mediterranean world and learns patience, courage, modesty and simplicity, the qualities he will need when he succeeds Ulysses as King of Ithaca. It is the story of the transformation of an egoistic young man into a model ruler, and is meant (among other things) as a commentary on the bellicosity and luxuriousness of Louis XIV. The present English edition follows closely that of Tobias Smollett published in 1776.... of reason. Ah! how wretched is that man destined to reign for the good of the public, if he thinks he is master of so many lives for no other reason but to make them miserable!aquot; Book III The argument Telemachus proceeds to relate that, theanbsp;...

Title:Telemachus, Son of Ulysses
Author: Frangois de Fénelon, Patrick Riley
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 1994-09-15

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