The Essential Writings of Machiavelli (Modern Library by Niccolo Machiavelli, Visit Amazon's Peter Constantine Page,

By Niccolo Machiavelli, Visit Amazon's Peter Constantine Page, search results, Learn about Author Central, Peter Constantine, , Albert Russell Ascoli

FINALIST--2008 PEN TRANSLATION PRIZEIn the basic Writings of Machiavelli, Peter Constantine has assembled a entire assortment that indicates the real intensity and breadth of an outstanding Renaissance philosopher. Refreshingly obtainable, those fabulous new translations are devoted to Machiavelli’s unique, superbly crafted writings.The quantity good points essays that seem in English for the 1st time, corresponding to “A warning to the Medici” and “The Persecution of Africa.” additionally integrated are entire types of the political treatise, The Prince, the comedian satire The Mandrake, The lifetime of Castruccio Castracani, and the vintage tale “Belfagor”, in addition to decisions from The Discourses, The artwork of battle, and Florentine Histories. Augmented with valuable features–vital and concise annotations and cross-references–this precise compendium is bound to develop into the normal one-volume connection with this influential, flexible, and ever well timed writer.“Machiavelli's rigidity on political necessity rather than moral perfection helped motivate the Renaissance via renewing hyperlinks with Thucydides and different classical thinkers. This new assortment provides deeper perception into Machiavelli’s character as a author, hence broadening our realizing of him.”–Robert D. Kaplan, writer of Warrior Politics: Why management calls for a Pagan Ethos “Constantine’s choice is not just clever; his translations are astonishingly stable. Thoughtfully brought via Albert Russell Ascoli, this variation belongs in everyone’s library.”–John Jeffries Martin, professor and chair, division of background, Trinity University“If one have been to assign a unmarried version of Machiavelli's works, this almost certainly will be it.”–John P. McCormick, professor, division of political technology, college of Chicago

Show description

Read or Download The Essential Writings of Machiavelli (Modern Library Classics) PDF

Similar ancient & classical books

The High History of the Holy Graal

Based on Christian mythology, the Holy Grail used to be the dish, plate, or cup utilized by Jesus on the final Supper, stated to own brilliant powers. the relationship of Joseph of Arimathea with the Grail legend dates from Robert de Boron's Joseph d'Arimathie (late twelfth century) within which Joseph gets the Grail from an apparition of Jesus and sends it along with his fans to nice Britain; construction upon this topic, later writers acknowledged how Joseph used the Grail to trap Christ's blood whereas interring him and that during Britain he based a line of guardians to maintain it secure.

Israel in Exile: The History and Literature of the Sixth Century B.C.E (Studies in Biblical Literature)

The interval of Israel’s Babylonian exile is likely one of the so much enchanting eras of biblical heritage. in this time Israel went via its inner most drawback and the root used to be laid for its so much profound renewal. The obstacle provoked the production of a wealth of literary works similar to laments, prophetic books, and historic works, all of which Albertz analyzes intimately in the course of the tools of social historical past, composition feedback, and redaction feedback.

Demosthenes: Against Meidias. Against Androtion. Against Aristocrates. Against Timocrates. Against Aristogeiton 1 and 2 (21-26). (Loeb Classical Library No. 299)

Demosthenes (384–322 BCE), orator at Athens, used to be a pleader in legislations courts who later turned additionally a statesman, champion of the previous greatness of his urban and the current resistance of Greece to the increase of Philip of Macedon to supremacy. We own via him political speeches and law-court speeches composed for events in inner most situations and political instances.

Odes of Pindar, Including the Principal Fragments (Loeb Classical Library, No 56)

Writer: London Heinemann book date: 1915 Notes: this is often an OCR reprint. there is various typos or lacking textual content. There are not any illustrations or indexes. in the event you purchase the overall Books version of this ebook you get loose trial entry to Million-Books. com the place you could make a choice from greater than one million books at no cost.

Additional resources for The Essential Writings of Machiavelli (Modern Library Classics)

Sample text

My point is that all the principalities in history have been governed in two ways: either by a prince and his servants, in which case the ministers who help him govern do so by his favor and concession, or by a prince and a group of barons, who hold their rank not by his favor but by the rights of their bloodline. These barons have their own states and subjects, who recognize them as their lords and have a natural affection for them. In those states where a prince and his servants govern, the prince has more authority, as in all his territory there is no man who is considered superior to him.

They will not be capable of uniting to elect a prince from among themselves, and they do not know how to live in freedom without a prince. Consequently, they are slower at taking up arms, and a new prince can win and secure them with greater ease. But in republics there is more vitality, more hatred, and more desire for revenge. The memory of former freedom simply will not leave the people in peace. In this case the safest course is for the prince either to destroy them or to go and live there himself.

12 The wish to acquire is a most natural thing, and men who manage to acquire are always applauded (or at least not blamed) when they succeed. What is an error and worthy of blame is when a man cannot acquire something, but desires to obtain it in any way he can. If Louis, for instance, could have conquered Naples with his own forces, he should have done so. If he could not, he should have desisted, and not opted for sharing Naples with another power. It is excusable that he shared Lombardy with the Venetians, because that was how he managed to secure a foothold in Italy, but that he shared Naples merits blame, because it cannot be excused by any such necessity.

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.04 of 5 – based on 34 votes