The Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast
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The Expulsion of the Triumphant Beast

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"Among theheretics of every age, we find men who are filled with the highest kind of religious feeling," Albert Einstein said. He might have been referring to the sixteenth-century Italian philosopher Giordano Bruno, who was tried by two Inquisitions and burned at the stake in Rome in 1600.Bruno's most representative work, Spaccio de la bestia trionfante (The Expulsion of...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published May 1st 1992 by University of Nebraska Press (first published 1584)
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to read the description of this book - and the reaction of the Roman Catholic Church to it - one would think that it was capable of summoning satan...

unfortunately, i can attribute no such power to this book. in fact, it often seemed to me to be a classic Millenial text that the RCC has used to promote itself to the heathen since its origins...
It's hard to give only two stars to something that someone was burned alive at the stake for writing. There are components where the beauty of the language, the subtle use of humor, and the presentation of the thought resulted in a discourse as profound as any I've read, but for the most part I felt I was wandering aimlessly through a diatribe that I can best describe (tongue in cheek) as 'the ravings of a heretic'. There are five stars within, but you have to want them.
I learned about this work from the recent book The Swerve by Stephen Greenblatt (about Lucretius). I have to admit I skimmed parts of the book. The book contains a fascinating introduction that discusses the career and ideas of Bruno. The work itself is a dialogue where the Gods (Olympian) decide to clean up their act. Contains some funny (and heretical) "set pieces" such as when Mercury must carry out every mundane act ordained by Jove in a small Italian village.
What?! Only 3 stars for Giordano Bruno?! That's BLASPHEMY! Bruno is a fascinating & important figure to me - as are, probably, all 'heretics' - & I'll continue to read things by him (I have another in my library) but I think I'm too removed from his time to fully appreciate this. It was too esoteric in a particular way for me to successfully enter into it. &, for me, that's really saying something!
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Giordano Bruno (1548 – February 17, 1600), born Filippo Bruno, was an Italian Dominican friar, philosopher, mathematician and astronomer, who is best known as a proponent of the infinity of the universe. His cosmological theories went beyond the Copernican model in identifying the Sun as just one of an infinite number of independently moving heavenly bodies: he is the first European man to have co...more
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