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Discourses on Livy (Oxford World's Classics)

by Niccolo Machiavelli

ISBN: 9780199555550 / 0199555559

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Discourses on Livy, written in 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 healthy political body 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 ever 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.

About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

ISBN 13 978-01-99555-55-0
ISBN 10 0-199-55555-9
ASIN 0199555559
  • 9780199555550
Amazon Sales Rank 562,271
Main Category Paperback
Group Book
Publisher Oxford University Press
Studio Oxford University Press
Brand imusti
Manufacturer Oxford University Press
Package Quantity 1
Count Per Package 1
Dimensions 7.7 x 0.7 x 5.1 inches. 0.68 pounds
Package Dimensions 7.72 x 5.04 x 0.87 inches. 0.79 pounds
Translator(s) Julia Conaway Bondanella
Peter Bondanella
Language(s) English (Published)
English (Original Language)
English (Unknown)
Adult Product? No

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