Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Secretum Secretorum: Now Available!
This is one of the most important works within Medieval literature. Ascribed to Aristotle in his dialogue and letters to Alexander the Great, it actually dates to the 10th century or thereabouts and was originally composed in Arabic.
The Secretum Secretorum, or Kitab Sirr Al-asrar, delivers a lengthy and varied expose of truths and philosophical murmurings on topics ranging from medicine and dietary strategy, to governance, to battle and social mobility. In an era where most reigning monarchs were seen as tyrannical and absorbed entirely with the quest for wealth, sex, and expanded borders, this guide seems like a massively advanced philosophical tract by comparison. This edition has been rendered into fully modern English from extremely archaic English. It covers spiritual topics, physical topics, and much more.