On kingship, to the King of Cyprus by St. Thomas Aquinas ; done into English by Gerald B. Phelan

By St. Thomas Aquinas ; done into English by Gerald B. Phelan (under the title On the govenance of rulers) ; revised with introduction and notes by I. Th. Eschmann.

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In Cyprus above all lands men are by nature more luxurious. For the soil of Cyprus of its own self will provoke a man to lust. If taken out of its hidden context, the transition in § 144 from the description of a charming landscape to the warning against "This is the title of W. H. MALLOCK'S travel book, London, 1889. Speaking, in 9 137, of the "hazards of the sea ways," St. Thomas makes it quite clear that he is addressing himself to an islander. The correct reading discrimina maris was unfortunately lost through the incompetence of the scribes of the MSS.

Thomas' mind on this occasion, as far as the remaining fragments of the De Regno allow us to judge. " S e e below II, 3, note 6, p. 60. Peregrinatio: "WILBKANDI DE OLDENBOBC, COBHAM 13. INTRODUCTION xxxiii The much neglected, sometimes even ridiculed/1 chapters 4-8 of the Second Book ( = II, 1-4) also bear witness to Aquinas' care to take account of the conditions in Cyprus. The founding of a city and kingdom was indeed an opportunity characteristic of the crusading age. Was not the very kingdom of Cyprus, not long before St.

I, 5: 1254b 16-1255a 2. «VIII, 2 (p. 120a) = Pol. I, 5: 1254b 4; X, 1 (p. 140a) = Pol. I, 8-9: 1256b 26, 40; XI, 2 (p. 157b) = Pol. I, 2: 1253a 27; XII, 2 (p. 170a) = Pol. I, 2: 1252b 12-30. It will be noted that the quotations from the Politics in the De Regno arc much more numerous and taken from practically all its books. — The chronological prob' ,-m of the Lectura in Matth, is far from being solved. ,I: xxxv G ON KINGSHIP \ ^»oradic and based upon a cursory reading. It seems to be impossible to establish more definite chronological relations between these three works and thereby narrow down the date of composition of the De Regno.

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