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The Resource Machiavelli : a portrait, Christopher S. Celenza

Machiavelli : a portrait, Christopher S. Celenza

Label
Machiavelli : a portrait
Title
Machiavelli
Title remainder
a portrait
Statement of responsibility
Christopher S. Celenza
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Machiavellian" - used to describe the ruthless cunning of the power-obsessed and the pitiless - is 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. Celenza's 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. Machiavelli's 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 commonplace - Machiavelli 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 masterpieces - The Prince and The Discourses - draw everywhere on the hard-won wisdom gained from navigating a treacherous world. But like many of Machiavelli's fellow Florentines, he also immersed himself in the Latin language and wisdom of authors from the classical past. And for all of Machiavelli's indifference to religion, vestiges of Christianity remained in his thought, especially the hope for a redeemer - a prince who would provide the stability so rare in Machiavelli's worldly experience
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 320.1092
  • B
Index
index present
LC call number
JC143.M4
LC item number
C38 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Label
Machiavelli : a portrait, Christopher S. Celenza
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Renaissance, conspiracies, bonfires: Machiavelli's little-known youth -- Highs and lows : Machiavelli emerges -- Interlude : Machiavelli's letter -- The prince -- The discourses -- The comedy of life : letters and plays, wives and lovers -- History -- Ghosts
Control code
ocn893709465
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
240 pages
Isbn
9780674416123
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2014028103
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)893709465
  • (Sirsi) a1813602
Label
Machiavelli : a portrait, Christopher S. Celenza
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Renaissance, conspiracies, bonfires: Machiavelli's little-known youth -- Highs and lows : Machiavelli emerges -- Interlude : Machiavelli's letter -- The prince -- The discourses -- The comedy of life : letters and plays, wives and lovers -- History -- Ghosts
Control code
ocn893709465
Dimensions
22 cm
Extent
240 pages
Isbn
9780674416123
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2014028103
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (OCoLC)893709465
  • (Sirsi) a1813602

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