The City of the Sun

Tommaso Campanella

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The City of the Sun is a book by Tommaso Campanella, first published in 1602. A philosophical work of utopian fiction, it presents an ideal society governed by reason and natural law, reflecting Campanella's vision of a utopian community. Structured as a dialogue between a sea captain and a grandmaster of the Knights Hospitaller, the captain describes his visit to a fantastical city called the City of the Sun, situated on an island. The inhabitants live communally, sharing all property and resources. The society is highly organized and structured around the principles of equality and the common good. Education and labor are distributed based on individuals' abilities and aptitudes, ensuring that everyone contributes to the community. Art, science, and literature are highly esteemed, and the walls of the city are adorned with murals and writings that depict the history of the world, scientific discoveries, and moral teachings, serving as an educational tool for the citizens. Campanella's work critiques the political and social structures of his time, advocating for a society based on rational principles and communal living. The City of the Sun influenced later utopian literature and thought, contributing to the discourse on ideal societies and the role of government and religion.

This book has 16,572 words, 23 pages in the PDF version, and was originally published in 1602.

Production notes: This ebook of The City of the Sun was published by Global Grey on the 24th May 2024. The artwork used for the cover is 'The Ambassadors' by Hans Holbein the Younger.

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