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The Praise of Folly free pdf By his own account, Desiderius Erasmus, a Dutch monk and scholar, wrote his 1509 Latin prose masterpiece, "The Praise of Folly," "in seven days, more or less" while a guest at the London home of his friend and fellow humanist, Sir Thomas More. Friends with whom Erasmus shared his manuscript arranged its publication in Paris in 1511 in an unauthorized edition. Erasmus, surprised but pleased by the immediate popularity of the work, revised it seven times, with thirty-six editions appearing during his lifetime. "The Praise of Folly" is a transcript of a lecture delivered in a university hall to an audience of scholars. The lecturer is the goddess Folly, a persona invented by Erasmus. Folly has chosen herself as her subject. Her incongruous costume, a scholar's robe but the belled hat of a jester, suggests (correctly) that her words will be a mix of the serious with the hilarious. Throughout the lecture, she makes her case that foolishness, not rational thought, benefits mankind more. Readers will note that most of the human foibles discussed by Folly remain with us today. This version of "The Praise of Folly," the first in verse, was written to commemorate the 500th anniversary of this enduring work's creation.

About Charles Packard

Charles Packard studied Latin at Bowdoin College and Harvard University. After an eight-year tenure teaching Latin, he wrote several English textbooks, grades 3-12. Moving to Maine in 1987, he resumed the teaching of Latin. His translations of Caesar, Horace, and Erasmus have appeared in "The Classical Journal" and The Classical Outlook."

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Author : Charles Packard
Publisher : iUniverse.com
Data Published : 18 September 2009
ISBN : 1440123632
EAN : 9781440123634
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 260 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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