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The City of the Sun

A Poetical Dialogue between a Grandmaster of the Knights Hospitallers and a Genoese Sea-Captain, his guest.

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Published: 1602
Language: English
Wordcount: 16,773 / 56 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 68.6
LoC Category: HX
Downloads: 1,244
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Origin: gutenberg.org

A utopian literary work written 86 years after Sir Thomas More's classic Utopia. Though termed a ''poetical dialogue'' it is prose, and consists of a Genoese sailor's description of his visit to the City of the Sun, located on the island of Ceylon.

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d children. From this, self-love springs. For when we raise a son to riches and dignities, and leave an heir to much wealth, we become either ready to grasp at the property of the State, if in any case fear should be removed from the power which belongs to riches and rank; or avaricious, crafty, and hypocritical, if anyone is of slender purse, little strength, and mean ancestry. But when we have taken away self-love, there remains only love for the State.

G.M. Under such circumstances no one will be willing to labor, while he expects others to work, on the fruit of whose labors he can live, as Aristotle argues against Plato.

Capt. I do not know how to deal with that argument, but I declare to you that they burn with so great a love for their fatherland, as I could scarcely have believed possible; and indeed with much more than the histories tell us belonged to the Romans, who fell willingly for their country, inasmuch as they have to a greater extent surrendered their private property. I think t

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