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
This guy? No English entry, but Google translate does a decent job.
posted by Behemoth at 6:08 PM on July 15, 2014

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

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

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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