cover of book

Selected Philosophical Poems of Tommaso Campanella: A Bilingual Edition
by Tommaso Campanella
translated by Sherry Roush
edited by Sherry Roush
notes by Sherry Roush
University of Chicago Press, 2011
Cloth: 978-0-226-09205-8 | eISBN: 978-0-226-09207-2
Library of Congress Classification PA8485.C26A6 2011
Dewey Decimal Classification 851.5


A contemporary of Giordano Bruno and Galileo, Tommaso Campanella (1568–1639) was a controversial philosopher, theologian, astrologer, and poet who was persecuted during the Inquisition and spent much of his adult life imprisoned because of his heterodox views. He is best known today for two works: The City of the Sun, a dialogue inspired by Plato’s Republic, in which he prophesies a vision of a unified, peaceful world governed by a theocratic monarchy; and his well-meaning Defense of Galileo, which may have done Galileo more harm than good because of Campanella’s previous conviction for heresy.


But Campanella’s philosophical poems are where his most forceful and undiluted ideas reside. His poetry is where his faith in observable and experimental sciences, his astrological and occult wisdom, his ideas about deism, his anti-Aristotelianism, and his calls for religious and secular reform most put him at odds with both civil and church authorities. For this volume, Sherry Roush has selected Campanella’s best and most idiosyncratic poems, which are masterpieces of sixteenth-century Italian lyrics, displaying a questing mind of great, if unorthodox, brilliance, and showing Campanella’s passionate belief in the intrinsic harmony between the sacred and secular.

See other books on: Bilingual Edition | European | Philosophy | Poetry
See other titles from University of Chicago Press
Nearby on shelf for Medieval and modern Latin literature / Individual authors: