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Galateo
Author: Giovanni Della Casa

ISBN: 9780226010977
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 104
Published: 16 April 2013
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 12.7 x 1.8
Description:
"Since it is the case that you are now just beginning that journey that I have for the most part as you see completed, that is, the one through mortal life, and loving you so very much as I do, I have proposed to myself-as one who has been many places-to show you those places in life where, walking through them, I fear you could easily either fall or take the wrong direction."

So begins Galateo, a treatise on polite behavior written by Giovanni Della Casa (1503-56) for the benefit of his nephew, a young Florentine destined for greatness.In the voice of a cranky yet genial old uncle, Della Casa offers the distillation of what he has learned over a lifetime of public service as diplomat and papal nuncio. As relevant today as it was in Renaissance Italy,Galateo deals with subjects as varied as dress codes, charming conversation and off-color jokes, eating habits and hairstyles, and literary language. In its time,Galateo circulated as widely as Machiavelli's Prince and Castiglione'sBook of the Courtier. Mirroring what Machiavelli did for promoti...

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