Lost History Ancient History City of the Sun, The

City of the Sun, The

City of the Sun, The
Catalog # SKU3217
Publisher TGS Publishing
Weight 1.00 lbs
Author Name Tommaso Campanella
ISBN 10: 1610335899
ISBN 13: 9781610335898


City of the Sun

A Poetical Dialogue
between a
Grandmaster of the
Knights Hospitallers
and a
Genoese Sea-Captain

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Tommaso Campanella

The greater part of the city is built upon a high hill, which rises from an extensive plain, but several of its circles extend for some distance beyond the base of the hill, which is of such a size that the diameter of the city is upward of two miles, so that its circumference becomes about seven. On account of the humped shape of the mountain, however, the diameter of the city is really more than if it were built on a plain.

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It is divided into seven rings or huge circles named from the seven planets, and the way from one to the other of these is by four streets and through four gates, that look toward the four points of the compass. Furthermore, it is so built that if the first circle were stormed, it would of necessity entail a double amount of energy to storm the second; still more to storm the third; and in each succeeding case the strength and energy would have to be doubled; so that he who wishes to capture that city must, as it were, storm it seven times. For my own part, however, I think that not even the first wall could be occupied, so thick are the earthworks and so well fortified is it with breastworks, towers, guns, and ditches.

When I had been taken through the northern gate (which is shut with an iron door so wrought that it can be raised and let down, and locked in easily and strongly, its projections running into the grooves of the thick posts by a marvellous device), I saw a level space seventy paces wide between the first and second walls. From hence can be seen large palaces, all joined to the wall of the second circuit in such a manner as to appear all one palace. Arches run on a level with the middle height of the palaces, and are continued round the whole ring.

100 pages - 7 x 8½ softcover
ISBN-10: 1610335899
ISBN-13: 9781610335898

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