What is this book that a mad monk recommended?
July 15, 2014 5:53 PM   Subscribe

Reading The Count of Monte Cristo. Spoilers:

After the hero winds up in prison, he meets a genius named Abbé Faria, who claims that you only need to read 150 great books in order to be a great man: "I can recite to you Thucydides, Xenophon, Plutarch, Livy, Tacitus, Strada, Jornadès, Dante, Montaigne, Shakespeare, Spinoza, Machiavelli and Bossuet..."

Who is Strada, I wonder?
posted by johngoren to Writing & Language (4 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
Best answer: This guy? No English entry, but Google translate does a decent job.
posted by Behemoth at 6:08 PM on July 15, 2014

Best answer: It would make sense, as Famiano Strada wrote about the history of the Dutch Revolt and was concerned with rethorics, like Bossuet and Montaigne.
posted by Monday, stony Monday at 7:57 PM on July 15, 2014

Response by poster: Thanks !!
posted by johngoren at 5:54 PM on July 16, 2014

Response by poster: In case anyone is curious, Strada's book is available here in old English.
posted by johngoren at 4:48 PM on July 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

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