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Fénelon: Telemachus

Fénelon: Telemachus

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  • Date Published: October 1994
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521456623

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  • Fénelon's Telemachus ranks with Bossuet's Politics as the most important work of political theory of the French grand siecle, influencing Montesquieu and Rousseau in its attempt to combine monarchism with republican virtues. Telling the tale of Ulysses' son Telemachus' education by his tutor Mentor (the goddess Minerva in disguise), it shows him learning the qualities of patience, courage, modesty and simplicity, needed when he succeeds as King of Ithaca. It is a commentary on the bellicosity and luxuriousness of Louis XIV.

    • Only available edition of highly influential work
    • Edited by one of best-known experts on French political theory of the Enlightenment, and Bossuet translator
    • Influential on political theory of Montesquieu and Rousseau
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    • Date Published: October 1994
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521456623
    • length: 380 pages
    • dimensions: 214 x 138 x 19 mm
    • weight: 0.4kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    Critical Biography
    Biographical sketches
    1. Book I: Telemachus and Mentor, in search of Ulysses, arrive on the island of Calypso. The nymph is still bemoaning the departure of Ulysses
    2. Book II: Telemachus' account of Sesostris' wise rule in Egypt
    3. Book III: Telemachus' tale of the cruelties of Pygmalion and Astarbé at Tyre
    4. Book IV: Mentor reproves Telemachus for too easily falling under Calypso's spell. Telemachus continues his narrative
    5. Book V: The story of Idomeneus, king of Crete, who kills his son and is banished. Mentor refuses the Cretan throne
    6. Book VI: Telemachus falls in love with the nymph Eucharis, but Mentor tears him away from Calypso's island
    Venus and Cupid are furious
    7. Book VII: Telemachus and Mentor learn of the violent deaths of Pygmalion and Astarbé. Adoam describes the simplicity of the pastoral land of Bétique
    8. Book VIII: Telemachus and Mentor are tricked by Venus into landing at Salente, the new city of the exiled Idomeneus. Salente prepares for war against the Mandurians
    9. Book IX: Idomeneus describes the founding of Salente, the cause of the war with the Mandurians, and his grief in finding Nestor (hero of the Trojan war) on the opposing side
    10. Book X: Mentor acquaints himself with Salente and instructs Idomeneus in the art of governing. He stresses peace, agriculture, and disinterestedness, and the suppression of luxury
    11. Book XI: Idomeneus tells Mentor of his betrayal by the self-loving Protesilaus, and of the latter's efforts to ruin the virtuous and honest Philocles
    12. Book XII: Telemachus, in the camp of Idomeneus' allies, gains the good will of Philoctetes (who had been on bad terms with Ulysses). Philoctetes gives an account of the death of Hercules
    13. Book XIII: Telemachus' quarrel with Hippias
    the king of the Daunians attacks the forces of Idomeneus and the allies. Death and funeral rites of Hippias
    14. Book XIV: Telemachus descends into the infernal regions in search of Ulysses. There, in the Elysian fields, he sees the after-life of just kings. He meets the shade of this great-grandfather, who reveals that Ulysses still lives
    15. Book XV: Telemachus defeats the enemies of Idomeneus and his allies, and vanquishes the treacherous Adastrus (who had killed the son of Nestor)
    16. Book XVI: Telemachus refuses to divide the lands of the vanquished Daunians, and lets them choose a good king from their own numbers
    17. Book XVII: Telemachus returns to Salente to discover Mentor's austere reforms in place: the city no longer overwhelms the countryside. Telemachus falls in love with Antiope, the virtuous daughter of Idomeneus
    18. Book XVIII: Despite Idomeneus' pleas, Telemachus and Mentor leave Salente. Mentor gives his final advice about good government to Telemachus, then reveals himself to Minerva, goddess of wisdom. Telemachus returns to Ithaca, where he finds his recently returned father, Ulysses
    Index.

  • Author

    Frangois de Fénelon

    Editor

    Patrick Riley, University of Wisconsin, Madison

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