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Discourses on Livy (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – August 28, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0192804730 ISBN-10: 0192804731

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Product Details

  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (August 28, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192804731
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192804730
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 0.8 x 5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,595,097 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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`...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

About the Author

Julia Conaway Bondanella is a Professor of Italian at Indiana University. Peter Bondanella is a Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian at Indiana University.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amelia Lloyd-Jones on November 1, 2012
Format: Paperback
The Discourses on Livy was perhaps Machiavelli's best work although not as famous as The Prince. The book revealed his fundamental preference for a republican state. Machiavelli consistently compared the practice of the ancient Romans to contemporary Italy. His republican theories were dangerous ideas during his lifetime. Based on historical evidence gleaned from Livy, Machiavelli's work was divided into three separate books: (1) decisions regarding the city of Rome, (2) the expansion of the empire, and (3) the preservation and protection of the Roman state.

Machiavelli's comparisons of Rome to Florence were fascinating. The new translation of this book had hundreds of annotions which added historical and political information about Machiavelli's life time. Although the book was lengthy, Machiavelli divided his themes into smaller treatises of about two to three pages in length making it easier for the reader to analyze the content. Machiavelli was a witty writer who expressed his opinions in bold language.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Secruss on November 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
Machiavelli goes into great historical detail and through great intellectal reasoning to present his arguments on how a Republic should be organized and run. It's rather easy to read, as Machiavelli has chaptered up this book into singular topics.

Aiding in reading, this version has historical notes in the back to explain references Machiavelli makes about contemporary events that he does not go into detail on.

This book has easily had more impact on my life and thinking than any other.
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By Patricia Vilches on December 1, 2014
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Great edition by J.C. Bondanella and P. Bondanella. A must read for those who want to better understand Machiavelli.
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Niccolo Machiavelli (1469-1527) was born in Florence. He served the Florentine republic as a secretary and second chancellor, but was expelled from public life when the Medici family returned to power in 1512.His most famous work, The Prince, was written in an attempt to gain favour with the Medicis and return to politics.

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