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Italian Renaissance Utopias

Doni, Patrizi, and Zuccolo


Part of the Palgrave Studies in Utopianism book series (PASU)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Antonio Donato
    Pages 1-5
  3. Wise and Crazy World by Anton Francesco Doni

  4. The Happy City by Francesco Patrizi of Cherso

  5. Aromatario or The Republic of Utopia by Lodovico Zuccolo

  6. Porto or The Republic of Evandria by Lodovico Zuccolo

  7. Belluzzi or The Happy City by Lodovico Zuccolo

  8. Back Matter
    Pages 307-318

About this book


This book provides the first English study (comprehensive of introductory essays, translations, and notes) of five prominent Italian Renaissance utopias: Doni’s Wise and Crazy World, Patrizi’s The Happy City, and Zuccolo’s The Republic of Utopia, The Republic of Evandria, and The Happy City. The scholarship on Italian Renaissance utopias is still relatively underdeveloped; there is no English translation of these texts (apart from Campanella’s City of Sun), and our understanding of the distinctive features of this utopian tradition is rather limited. This book therefore fills an important gap in the existing critical literature, providing easier access to these utopian texts, and showing how the study of the utopias of Doni, Patrizi, and Zuccolo can shed crucial light on the scholarly debate about the essential traits of Renaissance utopias.


Anton Francesco Doni Francesco Patrizi of Cherso Ludovico Agostini Lodovico Zuccolo Thomas More

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Queens CollegeCity University of New YorkNew York, NYUSA

About the authors

Antonio Donato is Associate Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy at Queens College, City University of New York, USA. He is the author of Boethius’ Consolation of Philosophy as a Product of Late Antiquity.

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