The Leviathan


This is a picture of one of the many covers of The Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes, which was published in 1651. This book talks about the political thought of Thomas Hobbes, who was a supporter of absolutism. Thomas Hobbes wrote that before structured society, people lived in a natural state of war. Therefore, an absolute ruler was made to keep order in the society. In this cover there is a quote at the top is says “Non est potestas Super Terram quae Comparetur ei. Iob. 41 . 24” which is translated to “There is no power on earth to be compared to him. Job 41 . 24”. Under this quote and above the landscape there is a giant king with towns on him holding a sword and a crosier. I believe this represents his absolute control and rule over everything. On the bottom half of the cover there are two columns: one that has to do with the Church and one that has to do with the Monarch. This I believe also symbolizes that the king is the ruler of everything and this may foreshadow something in the book.

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