Niccolò Machiavelli  

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Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (May 3, 1469June 21, 1527) was an Italian political philosopher, musician, poet, and romantic comedic playwright. He is a figure of the Italian Renaissance and a central figure of its political component, most widely known for his treatises on realist political theory (The Prince) on the one hand and republicanism (Discourses on Livy) on the other.

Other works

Machiavelli also wrote plays (Clizia, Mandragola), poetry (Sonetti, Canzoni, Ottave, Canti carnascialeschi) and novels (Belfagor arcidiavolo) as well as translating classical works.

  • Discorso sopra le cose di Pisa (1499)
  • Del modo di trattare i popoli della Valdichiana ribellati (1502)
  • Del modo tenuto dal duca Valentino nell' ammazzare Vitellozzo Vitelli, Oliverotto da Fermo, etc. (Description of the Methods Adopted by the Duke Valentino when Murdering Vitellozzo Vitelli, Oliverotto da Fermo, the Signor Pagolo, and the Duke di Gravina Orsini, 1502)
  • Discorso sopra la provisione del danaro (1502)
  • Decennale primo (1506, poem in terza rima)
  • Ritratti delle cose dell'Alemagna (1508-1512)
  • Decennale secondo (1509)
  • Ritratti delle cose di Francia (1510)
  • Andria (1517, comedy translated from Terence)
  • Mandragola (The Mandrake - 1518, prose comedy in five acts, with prologue in verse)
  • Della lingua (1514, dialogue)
  • Clizia (1525, comedy in prose)
  • Belfagor arcidiavolo (1515, novel)
  • Asino d'oro (The Golden Ass - 1517, poem in terza rima, a new version of the classic work by Apuleius)
  • Dell'arte della guerra (The Art of War, 1519-1520)
  • Discorso sopra il riformare lo stato di Firenze (1520)
  • Sommario delle cose della citta di Lucca (1520)
  • Vita di Castruccio Castracani da Lucca (The Life of Castruccio Castracani of Lucca, 1520)
  • Istorie fiorentine (Florentine Histories - 8 books, 1520-1525, commissioned by Giulio di Giuliano de' Medici who went on to become Pope Clement VII).
  • Frammenti storici (1525)




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