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Translation of Porto or The Republic of Evandria by Lodovico Zuccolo

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

Abstract

In Porto, Zuccolo describes a utopia that lacks the strange habits and radical institutions we often find in utopias. In Evandria, the citizens lead a simple life, embrace conventional morality, adopt common Renaissance customs, and serve the public good. The Evandrians’ political system is essentially a mixed republican constitution, and education is the primary reason for their virtuous behavior. Although Evandria’s institutions, customs, and way of life are ordinary, they yield extraordinary results. Evandria is wealthy and militarily invincible; its cities are rich in beautiful monuments, public buildings that offer all sorts of entertainment, and cutting-edge infrastructure. In Porto, utopia is not an astonishing and wondrous place; instead, it is a society that effectively embodies the best of the ordinary world.

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Authors and Affiliations

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

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