Tommaso Campanella, La città del sole [The City of the Sun]

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The City of the Sun is a literary, political, and philosophical work by Tommaso Campanella, one of the most significant intellectual figures of the late Renaissance. While Campanella was a prolific author—writing on natural philosophy, ethics, prophecy, magic, astrology, theology, metaphysics, and politics—City of the Sun remains his most famous text. The work, in the form of a dialogue between a Grand Hospitaller and a Genoese helmsman, describes an imaginary city located in the Tabrobane (today’s Sri Lanka). The Genoese seaman describes in detail the structure of the city as well as the inhabitants’ way of life, military training, religious and philosophical beliefs, and political governance. The Solarians lead a life of community that has eradicated self-love, which is said to…

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Citation: Garcia, Brian. "La città del sole". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 05 March 2019 [, accessed 09 December 2023.]

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