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"I would rather be in hell and converse with great minds than live in paradise with that dull rabble." In his life's writings, Niccolo Machiavelli, sought out the strength of the human character, and wrote according to his own rules; trying to better the political philosophy of his time. Machiavelli, a fiercely independent Renaissance man, advocated the prosperity of Italian politics, and wanted Italy to rise above the rest of the world.

Machiavelli's writings dealt with many issues that had not been attacked in his time, and utilized his distinct brand of political philosophy to try and change the politics and government that shaped his era. The Prince, regarded as his most controversial and successful work, spelled out a method of amelioration; whether positive or negative, virtuous or severe, a prince was to uphold the strength of a nation and a government. The next few pages will take a closer look at the life that has followed Niccolo Machiavelli, the use of historical allusions and the explicitness used in The Prince.

His Life and Death

Niccolo Machiavelli was born in Florence, Italy on May 3rd of 1469. Many changes were taking place faster at this time than the masses could follow. The Renaissance was changing the world. Machiavelli had been born during time of change and subsequently shaped who he was and what he was going to do. Although Italy was the center of the Renaissance, characterized by rebirth of learning and culture, it didn't have a central government.

Italy was divided up into 4 large city-states that were unfortunately not in control of themselves. They were under the constant mercy of the other more politically stable European governments, which had a central government that unified ...

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...t worried about this reputation. He worried about great men and the minds and ideas that they could create. Despite the challenges he faced, he "would rather be in hell and converse with great minds than live in paradise with that dull rabble."


Works Sited

Ridolfi, Roberto. The Life of Niccolo Machiavelli.

Chicago, IL: The University of Chicago Press, 1963

Parel, Anthony. The Machiavellian Cosmos.

New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1992

Ruffo-Fiore, Silvia. Niccolo Machiavelli.

Boston, MA: Twayne Publishers, 1982

Strauss, Leo. Thoughts on Machiavelli.

Glencoe, IL: The Free Press, 1958

Machiavelli, Niccolo. The Prince.

Great Britain: J.M. Dent and Sons LTD, 1958

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