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Feb
22

The Prince, the Gentleman, and the Good Life: A Look at Two Renaissance Advice Books

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Westhampton Deanery, Westhampton Living Room
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The Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and the Humanities Initiative welcome Dr. Konrad Eisenbichler from the University of Toronto.

In the quest for the good life, the Renaissance produced a number of self-help books that sought to teach their readers how to be successful. Machiavelli’s The Prince (1513) is probably the best known, but Giovanni Della Casa’s Galateo (1550-55) is definitely the most relevant for the average middle-class person, both then and now. This presentation will look at these two works in combination as reflections of Renaissance ideas about the good life and how best to achieve it.

Sponsored by the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures and the Humanities Initiative, this event is free and open to the public.

Contact: John Forsythe