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Faculty Mentors

Benjamin Clark

Abstract

In the modern era, Machiavelli’s reputation is controversial, with some readers appreciating his pragmatism and realistic, “modern” view of people, while others are uncomfortable with some of his harsher, more infamous phrases. Most of these opinions, however, are based on Machiavelli’s most read work The Prince, which is known for its deviation from similar works at the time. Far less well-known, Machiavelli’s Discourses on Livy focuses on republican government and contains the theorist’s analysis of the famous Roman historian Livy’s history of the Roman Republic.

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