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Translation of Belluzzi or The Happy City by Lodovico Zuccolo

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

Abstract

In The Happy City, Zuccolo describes a “real life” example of a utopian city: the Republic of San Marino. Freedom is the essential factor that makes this city ideal: the citizens rule themselves and are free from internal strife. The causes of San Marino’s happiness are few and simple; some are attributed to its site, some to its people. The city’s rugged terrain makes it impregnable, its healthy location renders the citizens healthy and intelligent, whereas the cultivation its rocky fields requires harsh toil and forces the people to be laborious and avoid idleness. The citizens maintain a peaceful close-knit society by adopting a simple life-style, adhering to ancient laws and habits, avoiding extreme economic differences, and, most of all, embodying the virtue of prudence.

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  • Antonio Donato
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  1. 1.Queens CollegeCity University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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