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What does Chapter XLVIII in Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy, Book I, mean?

Machiavelli says that when Roman senators (almost exclusively patricians) saw that only plebeians were in the running for consular tribune, they maintained patrician monopoly on power in one of two ...
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Until what year was Machiavelli's The Prince banned in England?

TL;DR: The English press censorship regime in the Tudor and Stuart periods was not based on a list of banned works, and so the question has no definite answer. In this answer I’m following Cyndia ...
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Who are "the sons of Brutus" in Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy?

It is a reference to the Tarquinian conspiracy. After the overthrow of Tarquinius, the last Roman King, and the founding of the Roman republic, a number of Romans, including two sons and two brothers-...
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What does Machiavelli mean on page 29 of The Prince?

The context is a paragraph discussing conspiracy against a prince (i.e. ruler). When a conspirator looks for support from other people, anyone who gets involved in the conspiracy is constantly at risk ...
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Necessity or benefits of reading Livy before Machiavelli's Discourses on Livy?

Now that I've finished reading an annotated translation of the Discourses on Livy (translated by Julia Conaway Bondanella and Peter Bondanella. Oxford University Press, 2008), I can answer my own ...
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What does Machiavelli mean on page 29 of The Prince?

You seem to be assuming that “to keep faith with you” must refer either to “he must be a very rare friend” or to “a thoroughly obstinate enemy of the prince”. Actually, it refers to both. Let me ...
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Why did Machiavelli specifically mention Livy's first ten books in the title of the Discorsi?

This might be a remnant for Machiavelli's original goal of writing a running commentary of the first ten books in Livy's A Urbe Condita. Several other passages in the book may also be remnants of this ...
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When was Machiavelli's Art of War first translated into Chinese?

The DuckDuckGo search 马基雅维利 兵法 翻译 (literally: Machiavelli Art of War translation) gave the following page as the first search result: 兵法 - 尼科洛•马基雅维里.pdf. The page contains a preview of a Chinese ...
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