Discourses on Livy by Niccolo MachiavelliDiscourses on Livy by Niccolo Machiavelli

Discourses on Livy

byNiccolo MachiavelliTranslated byJulia Conaway Bondanella, Peter Bondanella

Paperback | January 11, 2009

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IDiscourses 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 healthybody 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.
Niccolo di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (1469-1527) was an Italian diplomat, political philosopher, musician, poet and playwright. Julia Conaway Bondanella is Professor of Italian at Indiana University. Peter Bondanella is a Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature at Indiana University.
Title:Discourses on LivyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.04 inPublished:January 11, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Real Machiavelli? Machiavelli’s name is immortally linked with his terse, but one of the most influential books of all time, “The Prince.” His other work, “The Discources of Livy,” however has been egregiously ignored by the general public, for as Rousseau pertinently claimed that it is in this work that you will find real Machiavelli; Machiavelli who was a republican, and who did not write this to impress the Medicis. In this book, Machiavelli discusses Livy’s history of Rome, and in so doing, gives leaders advice on political, social, ecclesiastical, and military matters. Though this work was posthumously published in 1531 (its composition probably commenced in 1525), I was struck by its relevance today. As I was reading this, I noticed the mistakes certain states and/or leaders have committed in our contemporary world. This treatise deserves a wider audience, not only by students of Political Science.
Date published: 2012-11-23

Editorial Reviews

`...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