Discourses on Livy (Paperback) - Machiavelli, Niccolo/ Mansfield, Harvey C. (TRN)/ Tarcov, Nathan (TRN)

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"Discourses on Livy" is the founding document of modern republicanism, and Harvey C. Mansfield and Nathan Tarcov have provided the definitive English translation of this classic work. Faithful to the original Italian text, properly attentive to Machiavelli's idiom and subtlety of thought, it is eminently readable. With a substantial introduction, extensive explanatory notes, a glossary of key words, and an annotated index, the "Discourses" reveals Machiavelli's radical vision of a new science of politics, a vision of "new modes and orders" that continue to shape the modern ethos. "[Machiavelli] found in Livy the means to inspire scholars for five centuries. Within the "Discourses," often hidden and sometimes unintended by their author, lie the seeds of modern political thought. . . . [Mansfield and Tarcov's] translation is careful and idiomatic."--Peter Stothard, "The Times""Translated with painstaking accuracy--but also great readability."--"Weekly Standard""A model of contemporary scholarship and a brave effort at Machiavelli translation that allows the great Florentine to speak in his own voice."--"Choice"

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Publisher Univ of Chicago Pr
Mfg Part# 9780226500362
SKU 30275654
Format Paperback
ISBN10 0226500365
Release Date 3/1/1998
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Niccolo Machiavelli
Niccol? di Bernardo dei Machiavelli, author of the influential political treatise THE PRINCE, lived and worked for the majority of his life in his beloved Florence, Italy. At the age of 29, he entered public service as a secondary-level government chancellor. Machiavelli eventually gained more power, taking on duties in foreign affairs and defense, and voyaging to different parts of Europe on various missions. In 1512, the Medicis returned to power after having been in exile, and Machiavelli was relinquished from his position, imprisoned and tortured. After his ordeal, Machiavelli returned to a family estate near Florence, in poverty. Machiavelli wrote THE PRINCE (1513) during this period, as well as the majority of THE DISCOURSES ON LIVY (1531). Additionally, Machiavelli wrote poems, plays, and a large body of correspondence, including a multi-volume HISTORY OF FLORENCE (1532) and the dramatic comedy THE MANDRAKE (La Mandragola, 1518). Following the death of Duke Lorenzo de Medici, Machiavelli returned to public service in both a political capacity, and as the official historiographer of the republic. The word "Machiavellian" has come to be associated with the dishonorable methods a ruler may employ in attaining and maintaining power. Nevertheless, Machiavelli has influenced countless Western philosophers and rulers, and his contribution to ethical debates and political theory is significant.
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Editors Note Discourses on Livy is the founding document of modern republicanism, and Harvey C. Mansfield and Nathan Tarcov have provided the definitive English translation of this classic work. Faithful to the original Italian text, properly attentive to Machiavelli's idiom and subtlety of thought, it is eminently readable. With a substantial introduction, extensive explanatory notes, a glossary of key words, and an annotated index, the Discourses reveals Machiavelli's radical vision of a new science of politics, a vision of "new modes and orders" that continue to shape the modern ethos. "[Machiavelli] found in Livy the means to inspire scholars for five centuries. Within the Discourses, often hidden and sometimes unintended by their author, lie the seeds of modern political thought. . . . [Mansfield and Tarcov's] translation is careful and idiomatic."--Peter Stothard, The Times"Translated with painstaking accuracy--but also great readability."--Weekly Standard"A model of contemporary scholarship and a brave effort at Machiavelli translation that allows the great Florentine to speak in his own voice."--Choice
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