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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This book portraits the missing link between the iliad and the odyssey. Yet his choice of simple vernacular prose as a fenelkn 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.

Telemachus by François Fénelon

Contrary to Louis XIV, whom he resembles in many traits of character, Idomeneus renounces conquest and is able to make peace with his neighbors. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

Apparently I like novels. Simone Due rated it liked it Oct 04, Oct 28, Miriam marked it as to-read Shelves: 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.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I suspect, though, that the main reason to read the book is to observe how much it informed the French Enlightenment. This should be my ideal book. This is my son, mine own Telemachus, To whom I leave the scepter and the isle Well-loved of me, discerning to fulfill This labor, by slow prudence to make mild A rugged people, and through soft degrees Subdue them to the useful and the good.


At each stop, he endures some peril or another and learns lessons about virtuous leadership.

Nolwenn-Allison rated it liked it Feb 20, Homer ‘s Odyssey 8th century BC. The prosperous fields and laborious fnelon are schools of virtue, where law rules over the monarch himself.

He works his work, I mine. Mette Sofie Gade rated it did not like it Sep 17, Thanks for telling us about the problem. It was published anonymously in and reissued in by his family. Alexandra rated it did not like it Nov 29, Refresh and try again.

To ask other readers questions about Telemachusplease sign up. Couldnt get into it after pages, so I ditched it. Nicolas Allard rated it liked it Jun 20, Christopher rated it really liked it Apr 23, He recommends a complete overhaul of government and the abolition of the mercantile system and cruel taxes on the peasantry and suggests a system tenelon parliamentary government and a Federation of Nations to settle disputes between nations peacefully.

But it is with “a Telemachus in hand that teacher and pupil establish a “scale of measurement” for judging various existing societies. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Emilia rated it liked it Feb 23, Anna rated it did not like it Apr 14, Arashk Azizi rated it really telemachis it Nov 19, 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.

Retrieved from ” https: Glaubert Fustave rated it really liked it Jan 07, However, one gets the impression that the work was written as tele,achus primer to influence a French king Louis XIV or a potential successor.


Oct 14, Elizabeth rated it it was ok Shelves: 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!

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No trivia or quizzes yet. Feneoln story in itself is in fact quite good, but I finde Telemachus annoying. In medias res Between Scylla and Charybdis.

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The slender plot fills out a gap in Homer ‘s Femelonrecounting the educational travels of Telemachusson of Ulyssesaccompanied by his tutor, Mentorwho is revealed at the end of the telemschus to be Minervagoddess of wisdom, in disguise. Heather Kirk rated it liked it Mar 16, 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”.

The book did not simply express these feelings; it helped shape and popularize them. Paperbackpages. The princes and governments of the real world will be compared with them.

Telemachus (Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought)

Marie rated it liked it Nov 26, Want to Read saving…. The form of government he looks to is an aristocratic republic in the form of a constitutional monarchy in which the ruler-prince is advised by a council of patricians.

A must read for all tellemachus people that have already read the iliad, the odyssey and the Aeneid.