Venice: Lion City - The Religion of Empire

Venice: Lion City - The Religion of Empire by Garry Wills 0684871904 9780684871905
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Venice during its Renaissance supremacy (in the fifteenth & sixteenth centuries) held a sea empire like that of ancient Athens. A small city, it had the discipline & imagination to rule others with its navy, to control trade within its sphere, & to turn its own imperial center into a great communal work of art. It also forged its own religion, electing its priests, defying papal Rome, putting a layman (the doge) in charge of its communal liturgies, yet preserving a deep if idiosyncratic piety. This book is an exercise in a new form, relating the history through the art, the art through the history. This allows the Venetians themselves to speak to us with extraordinary immediacy, the men & women at labor & warfare & prayer, enacting their constitution in the various festivals that articulated the citys human structure. Like Simon Schamas great work on the Dutch Culture in the Golden Age & his History of Britain, Venice: Lion City will take its place as a classic work.

Author: Garry Wills

Language: English

Edition: 1ST

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 415

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publication Date: 2001-09-18


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