Dialogues of Love / Edition 1

Dialogues of Love / Edition 1

by Leone Ebreo
     
 

ISBN-10: 0802099106

ISBN-13: 9780802099105

Pub. Date: 05/09/2009

Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division

First published in Rome in 1535,Leone Ebreo's Dialogues of Love is one of the most important texts of the European Renaissance. Well known 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

Overview

First published in Rome in 1535,Leone Ebreo's Dialogues of Love is one of the most important texts of the European Renaissance. Well known 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 noblemen, 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 Giordano Bruno, John Donne, Miguelde Cervantes, and Baruch Spinoza.

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 denominator 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 not 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 annotated English edition takes into account the latest scholarship and provides aninvaluable resource for today's readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780802099105
Publisher:
University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date:
05/09/2009
Series:
Lorenzo Da Ponte Italian Library Series
Pages:
464
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.60(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Brian P. Covenhaver

Introduction: The Dialogues of Love of Leone Ebreo Rossella Pescatori

DIALOGUES OF LOVE

1 On Love and Desire
2 On the Universality of Love
3 On the Origin of Love

Afterword: The Dialogues of Love in Spanish Cosmos Damian Bacich

Notes

Preinted Editions and Translations of the Dialoghi d'amore

Bibliography

Index of Biblical and Mythological-Astrological Names

Index of Names and Works

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