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The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell.


My point is that reading requires Dimensionality. The love story seems to be buried in the detail, which can be frustrating for modern readers. To have done otherwise would have only produced another abridgment. In a somewhat labyrinthine plot, he moves through many strange places encountering dragons, wolves, and maidens, against an ever changing backdrop of mysterious ruins, monuments, orchards, gardens and fountains.

To Painter, the haunting woodcuts seem entirely modern ‘in their passion and calm, their strangeness and reality, their startling but nobly classical carnality and paganism’. Hypnerotokachia book that inspired Ian Caldwell’s bestselling The Rule of Four —discover the secret codes of the best-selling novel!

It is a strange, lovw, pedantic, erotic, allegorical, mythological romance relating in highly stylized Italian the quest of Poliphilo for his beloved Polia.

If you don’t mind a very detailed dream filled with mythological, sexual flights and many other topics all rolled into one story then this book is right down your alley.

Hypnerotomachia Poliphili

I have read it a couple times from school and for pleasure over a couple of years. Thus one might render the description of the fury on page as follows: No library descriptions found.

Augustine, who wrote “Love, and do what thou wilt,” proposed that the spiritual trinity within the human soul was composed of memory, understanding, and will.


As they finally embrace and kiss, Polia vanishes with a cry of ‘Poliphilo, my dear lover, farewell’. The beautiful Bembo tthe with which this work is printed was one of the most modern in appearance of the fifteenth century types, and is still a standard used today. One of those things that I find more inspiring than something to be read for pleasure.

Hypnerotomachia Poliphili: The Strife of Love in a Dream by Francesco Colonna

Poliphilo enters a dense and pathless forest folio i2v: Hypnerotomachia Poliphili presents a mysterious arcane allegory in which the main protagonistPoliphilo pursues his love, Polia, through a dreamlike landscape. The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili relates the story of the dream of Poliphilo ‘in which it is shown that all human things are but a dream, and many other things worthy of knowledge and memory.

So why the 5 stars? Justin rated it it was amazing Jul 27, Just like Poliphilo, we chew over past experience and try to make sense of it or imagine how it might have been.

The text makes frequent references to classical geography and mythology, mostly by way of comparison. The overall literary merit of this work is debatable, and some critics have dismissed it as unreadable. The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili also draws from Renaissance humanism where arcane writings are a demonstration of classical thought.

I first hypnerogomachia of this book when John Crowley mentioned it in his Aegypt cycle, and, as I am prone to do, I bought it solely because it was mentioned in a book I love. It singularly avoids anything relating to Christianity with its subject matter being the intervention of pagan gods and its reverence for antiquity placing it firmly in the humanist tradition of the Italian renaissance.


They treasure them the way connoisseurs of great art treasure exemplary paintings. Most of them have been drawn from a medieval text of dubious origin called Hieroglyphica. Poliphilo then resumes his narrative from one-fifth of the way dgeam the book. The Hypnerotomachia was written in a curious and largely impenatrable “pedantesca,” supplementing the Tuscan vernacular with many Greek and Latin neologisms. The Dream of Poliphilo: What I actually read in it reminded me quite a bit of R I first heard of this book when John Crowley mentioned it in his Aegypt cycle, and, as Iin am prone to do, I bought it solely because it was mentioned in a book I love.

Poliphilo visits her secretly at the temple of Diana, and when he falls dreqm a deathlike swoon at her feet, she drags his body away and hides it.

They are then taken to the island of Cythera by barge, on which Cupid is the boatswain. Polia drags the lifeless Poliphilo into a corner of the temple. Arati Phaenomena, Germanico Caesare interprete, cum commentariis et imaginibus Evidently possessing extraordinary range and ability, several contenders have been suggested, including Mantegna, Bellini and Carpaccio.

Poliphilus chose the middle-way door. Many of them are scholars in their field, being experts in the history, value and fine points of collectible books as artifacts.

Several sequential double page illustrations add a visual dimension to the progression of the narrative, and act like an early dteam of the strip cartoon.