A Portrait

Book - 2015
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Machiavellianused to describe the ruthless cunning of the power-obsessed and the pitilessis never meant as a compliment. But the man whose name became shorthand for all that is ugly in politics was more engaging and nuanced than his reputation suggests. Christopher S. Celenzas Machiavelli: A Portrait removes the varnish of centuries to reveal not only the hardnosed political philosopher but the skilled diplomat, learned commentator on ancient history, comic playwright, tireless letter writer, and thwarted lover. Machiavellis hometown was the epicenter of the Italian Renaissance in the fifteenth century, a place of unparalleled artistic and intellectual attainments. But Florence was also riven by extraordinary violence. War and public executions were commonplaceMachiavelli himself was imprisoned and brutally tortured at the behest of his own government. These experiences left a deep impression on this keen observer of power politics, whose two masterpiecesThe Prince and The Discoursesdraw everywhere on the hard-won wisdom gained from navigating a treacherous world. But like many of Machiavellis fellow Florentines, he also immersed himself in the Latin language and wisdom of authors from the classical past. And for all of Machiavellis indifference to religion, vestiges of Christianity remained in his thought, especially the hope for a redeemera prince who would provide the stability so rare in Machiavellis worldly experience
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, [2015]
ISBN: 9780674416123
Branch Call Number: BIO Machiavelli, N 2015
Characteristics: 240 pages ; 22 cm


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