Machiavelli and Botticelli Movies to Hit the Screen in 2016

Machiavelli and Botticelli are set to hit screens in 2016. We sat down to chat with Italian director, Lorenzo Raveggi about his two ambitious projects.

CONFERENCES: Renaissance Drinking Culture and Renaissance Drinking Vessels

This paper took a closer look at Renaissance drinking vessels and drinking culture and examined the types of vessels commonly used in Italy and the Netherlands during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries.

Machiavelli: The Graphic Novel

A project to create a print version of a graphic novel depicting the life of the Italian politician and philosopher Machiavelli has successfully reached its fundraising goals.

Game of Thrones and Machiavelli

Megan Cavell reports on the lecture ‘Power is a Curious Thing: Game of Thrones as a Machiavellian Mirror for Princes’ given by Janice Liedl

How Machiavellian was Machiavelli?

Professor Quentin Skinner gave a public lecture at the University of York, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the composition of Niccolò Machiavelli’s The Prince.

Rule by Natural Reason: Late Medieval and early Renaissance conceptions of political corruption

This paper argues that, from about the eleventh century CE, a new and distinctive model of corruption accompanied the rediscovery and increased availability of a number of classical texts and ideals, particularly those of Cicero and the Roman Jurists.

500-year-old arrest warrant for Machiavelli discovered

The original copy of a proclamation – exactly 500-years old – calling for the arrest of Niccolò Machiavelli has been discovered by a British historian.

Shakespeare’s Richard II: Machiavelli for the Good of England

The name Machiavelli has negative connotations, and this way of thinking is not new. Throughout Europe, in Shakespeare’s time and earlier, Machiavellianism was associated with unscrupulous abuse of power, and Machiavellian methods were seen as immoral and evil.

Reading Machiavelli Rhetorically: The Prince as Covert Critique of the Renaissance Prince

In this essay, classical rhetorical theory is applied to show that Machiavelli’s Prince was not intended as advice for a prince, nor as “political science,” but rather as a very subtle, but nevertheless powerful, critique of the Italian princes of his day, the Medici included.

Machiavelli on Christian Education

My primary point is not to vindicate Christian education as good for the well-being of cities but to complicate the assumptions of the civil religion approach by examining Machiavelli’s reflections on human character and psychology.

‘Guelphs! Faction, Liberty and Sovereignty: Inquiries about the Quattrocento’

Such an approach has not always been the obvious one, as the centuries- long debate about the nature of the Italian noble (or magnate) and Popolo fac- tions suggests. Gaetano Salvemini’s 1899 interpretation of Florentine political conflict in the thirteenth century as the clash between two groups with distinct socio-economic characters and political programmes was probably as much indebted to Machiavelli as to the author’s socialist beliefs

The Originality of Machiavelli

There is evidently something peculiarly disturbing about what Machiavelli said or implied, something that has caused profound and lasting uneasiness.

The Place of the Tyrant in Machiavelli’s Political Thought and the Literary Genre of the Prince

When Machiavelli put in writing his thoughts on government, he was the heir of this long-established tradition of reflection on tyranny…

The Political Ideas of Machiavelli: A Fresh Look

The early sixteenth century marked a watershed period for political writings on the art of governing.

Niccolo Machiavelli – the Cunning Critic of Political Reason

Is Machiavelli’s lasting reputation as the philosopher-king of political manipulation really justified?

Towards Modernity and Absolute Power: Interpretation of Kingship in

Towards Modernity and Absolute Power: Interpretation of Kingship in The Book of the Twelve Wise Men and The Seven Books of Law McLean, Benjamin Transcultural Studies: A Series in Interdisciplinary Research,Volumes 2-3 (2006-7) Abstract In Castile (Spain) of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, one finds signs of a vigorous debate on the nature and limits […]

Rivers and Humans: The Civilizing Project of Leonardo da Vinci and Niccoló Machiavelli

Neither man spoke about in his notebooks, letters or diaries. But out of the brainstorming at Imola emerged a project which was as momentous as it was daring

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