Discourses on Livy

Discourses on Livy

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Discourses on Livy (1531) is as essential to an understanding of Machiavelli as his famous treatise, The Prince. Equally controversial, it reveals his fundamental preference for a republican state.

Comparing the practice of the ancient Romans with that of his contemporaries provided Machiavelli with a consistent point of view in all his works. Machiavelli's close analysis of Livy's history of Rome led him to advance his most original and outspoken view of politics - the belief that a healthy body politic was characterized by social friction and conflict rather than by rigid stability. His discussion of conspiracies in Discourses on Livy is one of the most sophisticated
treatments of archetypal political upheaval every written. In an age of increasing political absolutism, Machiavelli's theories became a dangerous ideology.

This new translation is richly annotated, providing the contemporary reader with sufficient historical, linguistic, and political information to understand and interpret the revolutionary affirmations Machiavelli made, based on the historical evidence he found in Livy.
The complete Livy in English, available in five volumes from Oxford World's Classics.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 448 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 20mm | 317g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reissue
  • 0199555559
  • 9780199555550
  • 25,993

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...a great author requires a careful translator; and it is befitting for Conaway Bondanella and Bondanella, in presenting a text translated from Italian to English, to assert that Machiavelli has been misunderstood because of poor translations. Sixteenth Century Journal
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...a great author requires a careful translator; and it is befitting for Conaway Bondanella and Bondanella, in presenting a text translated from Italian to English, to assert that Machiavelli has been misunderstood because of poor translations. * Sixteenth Century Journal *
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About Niccolo Machiavelli

Niccolò Machiavelli wurde am 3. Mai 1469 in San Casciano in Val di Pesa geboren. Er entstammte einer angesehenen, jedoch verarmten Familie. Er wuchs zusammen mit seinen drei Geschwistern in Florenz auf, der Vater arbeitete hauptsächlich als Anwalt. Mit seinem geringen Gehalt unterhielt dieser eine kleine Bibliothek und ermöglichte seinem Sohn Niccolò; eine umfassende humanistische Bildung. So lernte Machiavelli schon früh die antiken Klassiker kennen. Machiavelli war von 1498 bis 1512 Staatssekretär der Zweiten Kanzlei des Rats der "Dieci di pace e di libertà" der Republik Florenz und als solcher für die Außen- und Verteidigungspolitik zuständig. Um 1509 entstanden erste Denkschriften und Theaterstücke. Machiavellis dramatisches Schaffen umfasste sechs Werke, von denen nur drei erhalten sind. Vor allem aufgrund seines Werks "Il Principe (" Der Fürst ") gilt er als einer der bedeutendsten Staatsphilosophen der Neuzeit. Sein politisches Hauptwerk "Discorsi" ist darüber in den Hintergrund getreten. Macchiavelli starb am 21. Juni 1527 in Florenz.
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