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Encyclopedia > The Adventures of the Ten Princes

The Adventures of the Ten Princes is a story, perhaps one of the earliest examples in the world of the form of writing called a novel, or perhaps it might be considered one of the precursers of the novel, since a novel is usually thought of as a modern writing. The Adventures of the Ten Princes was written in Sanskrit in the 6th or 7th century by Dandin.


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  • Online text at Project Gutenberg (http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/1/1/7/3/11738/11738-8.txt)

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Part I. Chapter I. Padraic Colum 1918. The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy (571 words)
The Adventures of Odysseus and the Tale of Troy.
Odysseus, when he came near to where the child lay, turned the plough aside and thereby showed that he was not a mad man. Then had he to take King Agamemnon’s summons.
After ten years the City was taken by the Kings and Princes of Greece and the thread of war was wound up.
Medieval Sourcebook: Nicolo Machiavelli: The Prince, 1513 (13165 words)
These princes alone have states and do not defend them; and they have subjects and do not rule them; and the states, although unguarded, are not taken from them, and the subjects, although not ruled, do not care, and they have neither the desire nor the ability to alienate themselves.
And the prince that lacks this skill lacks the essential which it is desirable that a captain should possess, for it teaches him to surprise his enemy, to select quarters, to lead armies, to array the battle, to besiege towns to advantage.
A wise prince ought to observe some such rules, and never in peaceful times stand idle, but increase his resources with industry in such a way that they may be available to him in adversity, so that if fortune chances it may find him prepared to resist her blows.
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