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This Book Is In Latin.

Paperback, Studienausgabe. Lateinisch/Deutsch., 360 pages
Published 1989 (first published 1313)
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Apr 04, 2015 Rich rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Even though Dante Alighieri claims that the ultimate goal is peace by means of a single and absolute temporal monarchy (empire), I figured, while reading Book I, that Book II would have assertions like

"Proof enough has been given that the Romans were by nature ordained for sovereignty. Therefore the Roman people, in subjecting to itself the world, attained the Empire by Right."

"Hence piety accepts the contradictory, that the Roman Empire gained its perfection with the approval of miracles, that
Sean Morrison
Jul 28, 2007 Sean Morrison rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Everyone who thinks that America should embrace its imperial ambitions should read this book. It's the ultimate argument about why we should quit screwing around and just take over the world.
Ray Johns
I first read Dante's 'De Monarchia' back in a University of Delaware international relations theory class . Dante's short classic treatise is an apology for the collapse of the Holy Roman Empire and an inquiry into what might be the necessary conditions to rebuild an international political order of the same size and magnitude of the old empire for modern times. Dante has inspired the political ambitions of such great conquerers as Napoleon I (his Napoleonic codes ) and his Congress of Vienna en ...more
Oct 11, 2008 Javier rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is sad to think that this sober and astonishing critique on the foundations of the Church was included in the Index Librorum Prohibitorum; for Dante, with sublime and shrewd power of analysis, takes to task the perennial questions on the real power and role of the Roman Catholic Church in the affairs of mankind. Interpreting from scripture, he dissects the meaning behind the "two keys" and the misinterpretation by which the powers at the time, may have placed in the gospels to validate their ...more
Juka Pakatsoshvili
a little strange book. actually i disagree in a few points. first of all, i don't believe in Universal Pease, secondly, although Homer seems to be more liberal, Dante considers Aristotle's position more convincing. moreover, mankind can't be ruled by a single monarch or whatever this person is supposed to be called. aand as far as conflict is concerned, it can even occur between God and Emperor, it seems as if one should quit existence for another's wellfare. the statement i strongly disagree is ...more
Mark W.
I read this to fulfill my goal of reading the entire corpus of Dante. If you want to read Dante I'd still suggest Inferno and La Vita Nuova as the places to go.
Marc Schaeffer
enlightening as to the motives of the author and the difficulties of the time period, but philosophically and politically its all a lot of hogwash.
What an intriguing little book.
Pater Edmund
May 04, 2012 Pater Edmund rated it it was amazing
Shelves: philosophy, politics
When I first read the Monarchia a few years ago I was rather disapointed, both by the rather pedantic style and by the weakness of some of the arguments. The main argument in Book I. that universal empire will eliminate envy still seems to me rather week, but this time I am beginning to see the hidden brilliance of much of the rest of the book. For example the argument for world-empire from the agency of the Creator wishing to bring about His likeness in creation in 1.8.
May 01, 2013 Christopher rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have this vision of Dante stepping up to a diving board, waving his arms, yelling "Look at Me-e-e-e-e-e!" and then face-planting into the pool. Right, it would have been cute if you were six, but you aren't. Go home, Dante. Go home.
Stephen McGrath
May 04, 2009 Stephen McGrath rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
VASTLY underrated book which is more about the powers which we let govern our lives than the Italy of Dante...
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May 05, 2010 Gwen Burrow rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Dante is a dear old chap, amusing even when he's seismically wrong.
Seriously?!? Don't do it dude!
Mar 08, 2008 Lia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Dante, but this... is... dry.
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Dante Alighieri, or simply Dante (May 14/June 13 1265 – September 13/14, 1321), is one of the greatest poets in the Italian language; with the comic story-teller Boccaccio and the poet Petrarch, he forms the classic trio of Italian authors. Dante Alighieri was born in the city-state Florence in 1265. He first saw the woman, or rather the child, who was to become the poetic love of his life when he ...more
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