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- DescriptionFirst published in Rome in 1535,Leone Ebreo's Dialogues of Love is one of the most important texts of the European Renaissance. Well kwn in the Italian academies of the sixteenth century, its popularity quickly spread throughout Europe, with numerous reprintings and translations into French, Latin Spanish, and Hebrew. It attracted a diverse audience that included blemen, courtesans, artists, poets, intellectuals, and philosophers. More than just a bestseller, the work exerted a deep influence over the centuries on figures as diverse as Giorda Bru, John Donne, Miguelde Cervantes, and Baruch Spiza. Leone's Dialogues consists of three conversations - 'On Love and Desire,' 'On the Universality of Love,' and 'Onthe Origin of Love' - that take place over a period of three subsequent days.They are organized in a dialogic format, much like a theatrical representation, of a conversation between a man, Philo, who plays the role of the lover andteacher, and a woman, Sophia, the beloved and pupil. The discussion covers a wide range of topics that have as their common deminator the idea of Love. Through the dialogue, the author explores many different points of view and complex philosophical ideas. Grounded in a distinctly Jewish tradition, and drawing on Neoplatonic philosophical structures and Arabic sources, the work offers a useful compendium of classical and contemporary thought, yet was t incompatible with Christian doctrine. Despite the unfinished state and somewhat controversial, enigmatic nature of Ebreo's famous text, it remains one of the most significant and influential works in the history of Western thought. This new, expertly translated and antated English edition takes into account the latest scholarship and provides aninvaluable resource for today's readers.
- Author BiographyDamian Bacich is an assistant professor of Spanish Language and Literature in the Foreign Languages Department at San Jos State University. Rossella Pescatori is an instructor in the Department of Italian at El Camino College.
- Author(s)Ebreo Leone
- PublisherUniversity of Toronto Press
- Date of Publication09/05/2009
- Series TitleLorenzo da Ponte Italian Library
- Place of PublicationToronto
- Country of PublicationCanada
- ImprintUniversity of Toronto Press
- Weight820 g
- Width160 mm
- Height237 mm
- Spine34 mm
- Translated byDamian Bacich
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