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Questions about the Italian diplomat, politician and writer Niccolò Machiavelli (1469 – 1527) and his works. Machiavelli wrote non-fiction works such as 'The Prince' and the 'Discourses on Livy', and fiction works such as the comedies 'La Mandragola' and 'Clizia'. Use this tag with the tag [italian-literature].

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Until what year was Machiavelli's The Prince banned in England?

Machiavelli's treatise The Prince, written in the early 16th century and first published in 1532, was placed on the Index of Prohibited Books in 1559. According to Robert Bireley, quoted on Wikipedia, ...
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What does Chapter XLVIII in Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy, Book I, mean?

I don't understand what Book I Chapter 48 of Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy is trying to convey: Chapter XLVIII He who would not have an Office bestowed on some worthless or wicked Person, should ...
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When was Machiavelli's Art of War first translated into Chinese?

Bookeater recently asked when Sun Zi's Art of War was first adopted outside China. However, Sun Zi was not the only author who wrote a treatise on this topic. Machiavelli wrote Dell'arte della guerra /...
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What does Machiavelli mean on page 29 of The Prince?

What does Machiavelli mean when he says the following in The Prince? he must be a very true friend, or a thoroughly determined enemy of the prince, to keep faith with you. It's on page 29 of this ...
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How do the available annotated version of Discources on Livy differ?

I saw this answer by Tsundoku from 2018. I was interested to learn how the available annotated versions differ.
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Why did Machiavelli specifically mention Livy's first ten books in the title of the Discorsi?

The original title of Machiavelli's Discorsi was Discorsi sopra la prima deca di Tito Livio, literally (according to Wikipedia) "Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livy". "Decade" here refers to ...
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Necessity or benefits of reading Livy before Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy?

Niccolò Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy, written between 1513 and 1519, are not as famous as The Prince, but possibly his best work. Its Italian title, Discorsi sopra la prima deca di Tito Livio, ...
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Who are "the sons of Brutus" in Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy?

Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy is a treatise on government, especially republican government. Machiavelli often cites examples from Roman history (not just from Livy's work), for example, Lucius ...