The Real Rule of Four: The Unauthorized Guide to the New York Times #1 Bestseller

Red Wheel Weiser, 2005/11/01 - 208 ページ
Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason’s The Rule of Four is already a bookselling phenomenon. The Ivy League super-achievers drew upon an authentic 1499 Renaissance text to create their thriller about two Princeton undergraduates who try to unravel the mysteries of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (pronounced “HIP-ne-RO-to-MA-kia PO-li-FEE-li”).

The Hypnerotomachia Poliphili is an erotic, pagan epic, written in a private language peppered with words taken from Latin and Greek and decorated with Egyptian hieroglyphs. It was not translated into English for 500 years, until 1999, when Joscelyn Godwin finally achieved that near-impossible task.

The Real Rule of Four, Professor Godwin carefully investigates each aspect of the history of the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili and its use in The Rule of Four, including:
  • What is the Hypnerotomachia?
  • Who wrote the Hypnerotomachia? (A central theme of The Rule of Four)
  • What does the Hypnerotomachia mean?
  • Places and people in The Rule of Four
  • Glossary of names and terms in The Rule of Four

Lavishly illustrated with reproductions of the many beautiful woodcuts in the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili, a fold-out color map and photographs of the featured locations at Princeton University, The Real Rule of Four is an indispensable guide to the many fans of Caldwell and Thomason’s best-selling novel.

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It's very "Da Vinci Code-ish", but it's a great read. I picked it up at a St Croix airport for my flight out, thinking it would be a fairly quick read. I'm a fast reader, but by the time I got to ... レビュー全文を読む


List of Illustrations
HP p 117
The Three Layers of The Rule of FQur
Who wrote the Hypnerotomachia?
HP 7
Underground Currents and Codes
What does the Hypnerotomachia mean?
Annotations of Names

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著者について (2005)

 Joscelyn Godwin is a composer, musicologist and translator, known for his work on ancient music, paganism and music in the occult. He is the author of the first complete English language translation (1999) of one of the first illustrated printed texts, the incunabulum Hypnerotomachia Poliphili (1499). He teaches at Colgate University.