The Lusiads

Paperback | April 30, 1975

byLuis Vaz de CamoesTranslated byWilliam C. AtkinsonIntroduction byWilliam C. Atkinson

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The first European artist to cross the equator, Camoes's narrative reflects the novelty and fascination of that original encounter with Africa, India and the Far East. The poem's twin symbols are the Cross and the Astrolabe, and its celebration of a turning point in mankind's knowledge of the world unites the old map of the heavens with the newly discovered terrain on earth. Yet it speaks powerfully, too, of the precariousness of power, and of the rise and decline of nationhood, threatened not only from without by enemies, but from within by loss of integrity and vision.

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  In tribute to 16th century Portugal’s ascent as a dominant seafaring nation, Luis Vaz De Camoes composed ten memorable cantos that would become the foundation for his country’s classical literature. Taking Vigil’s Aeneid as a blueprint, The Lusiads chronicles the heroic explorer Vasco da Gama as he braves the dangers of the sea to vo...

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The first European artist to cross the equator, Camoes's narrative reflects the novelty and fascination of that original encounter with Africa, India and the Far East. The poem's twin symbols are the Cross and the Astrolabe, and its celebration of a turning point in mankind's knowledge of the world unites the old map of the heavens wit...

Luiz Vaz de Camoes (1524-1580) was a Portuguese poet born in Lisbon. He travelled to the Red Sea, Persia and Mozambique and spent some years in Goa, India. After his return to Lisbon in 1572, he published 'The Lusiads' recalling the voyages of Vasco da Gama - a work that became the national epic of Portugal.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8 × 5.1 × 0.6 inPublished:April 30, 1975Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140440267

ISBN - 13:9780140440263

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  In tribute to 16th century Portugal’s ascent as a dominant seafaring nation, Luis Vaz De Camoes composed ten memorable cantos that would become the foundation for his country’s classical literature. Taking Vigil’s Aeneid as a blueprint, The Lusiads chronicles the heroic explorer Vasco da Gama as he braves the dangers of the sea to voyage to the mysterious and exotic land of India. Translated by William C. Atkinson, Camoes’s book offers contemporary readers fascinating reading both for the strength of his verse and the information it provides of Portugal’s Golden Age.