Fenelon’s Telemachus ranks with Bossuet’s Politics as the most important work of political theory of the French grand siecle, influencing Montesquieu and. Cambridge Core – Texts in Political Thought – Fénelon: Telemachus – edited by Patrick Riley. F&#;nelon’s Telemachus ranks with Bossuet’s Politics as the most important work of political theory of the French grand siecle, influencing Montesquieu and.
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The adventures of Telemachus, the son of Ulysses
The book also became the most popular children’s book, given to boys, in eighteenth-century England. To ask other readers questions about Telemachusplease sign up. Sep 14, Neko McEvil rated it did not like it. Heather Kirk rated it liked it Mar 16, His tutor inculcates principles into him which sum up the essentials of the Social Contract.
Yet his choice of simple vernacular prose as a means of spreading morality and enlightened ideas to the widest possible audience, including women and children, was very much in the spirit of the 18th-century age of Enlightenment. Nicolas Allard rated it liked it Jun 20, How much the heart of the one is stirred by what does not even affect the other.
Telling the tale of Ulysses’ son Telemachus’ education by his tutor Mentor the goddess Minerva in disguiseit shows him learning the qualities of patience, courage, modesty and simplicity, needed when he succeeds as King of Ithaca. The tutor Mentor is arguably the true hero of the book, much of which is given over to his speeches and advice on how to rule.
Les Aventures de Télémaque | work by Fénelon |
Oct 28, Miriam marked it as to-read Shelves: At telemahcus stop, he endures some peril or another and learns lessons about virtuous leadership. In eloquence, in poetry, in every kind of literature. Apparently I like novels. Nolwenn-Allison rated it liked it Feb 20, Accompanied by Mentor, Telemachus winds up going all around the feneloon Mediterranean: Homer ‘s Odyssey 8th century BC. Contrary to Louis XIV, whom he resembles in many traits of character, Idomeneus renounces conquest and is able to make peace with his neighbors.
Later in the century, royal tutors gave the book to their charges, and King Louis XVI —93 was strongly marked by it.
Couldnt get into it after pages, so I ditched it. This should be my ideal book. It was published anonymously in and reissued in by his family. Not so much; the symbolism is heavy-handed, Telemachus is totally wooden yes, I know it’s meant to instruct Louis; it can still be interesting! Thanks for telling us about the problem.
Yet a few years later royal panegyrists were hailing the young king Louis XV as a new Telemachus and flattering his tutors as new “Mentors”. I also thought the descriptions of individuals and of the landscape were sometimes pretty great. I suspect, though, that the main reason to read the book is to observe how much it informed the French Enlightenment. Telling the tale of Ulysses’ son Telemachus’ education by his tutor Mentor the goddess Minerva in disguiseit shows him learning the qualities of p Fenelon’s Telemachus ranks with Bossuet’s Politics as the most important work of political theory of the French grand siecle, influencing Montesquieu and Rousseau in its attempt to combine monarchism with republican virtues.
Les Aventures de Télémaque
Over and over, Mentor denounces war, luxury, and selfishness and proclaims the brotherhood of man and the necessity of altruism though that term would only be coined in the 19th century by Auguste Comte. French Wikisource has original text related to this article: It is a commentary on the bellicosity and luxuriousness of Louis XIV. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Christopher rated it really liked it Apr 23, Want to Read saving….
A must read for all the people that have already read the iliad, the odyssey and the Aeneid. The book did not simply express these feelings; it helped shape and popularize them.
Telemachus by François Fénelon
This page was last edited on 24 Octoberat Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. No trivia or quizzes yet. Emilia telemacyus it liked it Feb 23, Ivan Guerra rated it it was ok Apr 19, Arashk Azizi rated it really liked it Nov 19, The oldest book in my library, since I have the John Hawkesworth version printed on It reads like an imitation of Homer or Virgil.
Lists with This Book. Essai sur le culte des grands hommes Paris Fayard, The prosperous fields and laborious capital are schools of virtue, where law rules over the monarch himself.
Published October 28th by Cambridge University Press first published Views Read Edit View history. However, one gets the impression that the work was written as a primer to influence a French king Louis XIV or a potential successor.
In medias res Between Scylla and Charybdis. This book portraits the missing link between the iliad and the odyssey. Fiona rated it liked it Feb 07,