By Niccolò Machiavelli
FINALIST--2008 PEN TRANSLATION PRIZE
In The crucial Writings of Machiavelli, Peter Constantine has assembled a entire assortment that exhibits the genuine intensity and breadth of an exceptional Renaissance philosopher. Refreshingly obtainable, those remarkable new translations are devoted to Machiavelli’s unique, superbly crafted writings.
The quantity positive factors essays that seem in English for the 1st time, comparable to “A warning to the Medici” and “The Persecution of Africa.” additionally incorporated are entire types of the political treatise, The Prince, the comedian satire The Mandrake, The lifetime of Castruccio Castracani, and the vintage tale “Belfagor”, besides decisions from The Discourses, The paintings of War, and Florentine Histories. Augmented with priceless features–vital and concise annotations and cross-references–this targeted compendium is bound to turn into the traditional 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 by way of renewing hyperlinks with Thucydides and different classical thinkers. This new assortment provides deeper perception into Machiavelli’s character as a author, hence broadening our knowing of him.”
–Robert D. Kaplan, writer of Warrior Politics: Why management calls for a Pagan Ethos
“Constantine’s choice isn't just clever; his translations are astonishingly solid. Thoughtfully brought by way of Albert Russell Ascoli, this variation belongs in everyone’s library.”
–John Jeffries Martin, professor and chair, division of heritage, Trinity University
“If one have been to assign a unmarried version of Machiavelli's works, this most definitely will be it.”
–John P. McCormick, professor, division of political technology, college of Chicago
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That purpose was never fully realized, though his relations with the Medici gradually improved to the point of his receiving a commission from Leo’s Medicean successor as pope, Clement VII, to write the Florentine Histories. Instead, in the fifteen years between his exclusion from the precincts of power and his untimely death (in 1527, at the age of fifty-eight), Machiavelli would write The Prince, The Discourses, The Art of War, the Histories, and his two plays, along with various poems, a misogynistic short story (“Belfagor”), essays, a biography, and many, many letters.
There is no easy answer to this question—which is in some ways the question we face today—but the reading of Machiavelli in all of his many facets, in the complexity of his thought and of his imagination, demands of us that we address it before it is too late. — ALBERT RUSSELL ASCOLI is Gladys Arata Terrill Distinguished Professor of Italian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He has held research fellowships from the NEH and ACLS, and was awarded the Rome Prize for study at the American Academy in Rome in 2004–5.
But in this they are deceived, because, as they invariably discover, their lot under a new ruler is inevitably worse. This is the result of another natural and basic inevitability: that you cannot avoid offending those whose new ruler you are, both with your armed soldiers and with innumerable other provocations that come in the wake of a conquest. You end up making enemies of all those you have offended during your conquest of the principality, and you find that you cannot keep the friendship of those who helped you to power, since you cannot satisfy them in the way they had envisioned.
The Essential Writings of Machiavelli (Modern Library Classics) by Niccolò Machiavelli