The Discourses is a work of political history and philosophy. The work is an analysis of the first ten books of Livy’s Ab urbe condita, which describe the expansion of Rome through the end of the Third Samnite War in 293 BCE. Machiavelli also discusses what can be learned from many other eras including contemporary politics. He describes Romans and other ancient peoples as superior models for his contemporaries, but he also describes political greatness as something which comes and goes amongst peoples, in cycles.
Written in the early 16th century, The Discourses were published posthumously with papal privilege in 1531. The text comprises a dedication letter and three books with 142 numbered chapters. Many scholars have studied the coincidence that Livy’s history also contained 142 books in addition to its introduction as well as other numerological curiosities that turn up in Machiavelli’s writings. The Discourses is often said to have paved the way of modern republicanism. While the book is primarily a discussion of the classical history of early Ancient Rome, it strays very far from this subject matter and uses contemporary political examples to illustrate points.
This cloth-bound book includes a Victorian inspired dust-jacket, and is limited to 100 copies.
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About the Author
Machiavelli considered political battles, not through a lens of morality, but as though they are a board game with established rules. His experience showed him that politics has always been played with deception, treachery and crime. He also notably said that a ruler who is establishing a kingdom or a republic, and is criticized for his deeds, including violence, should be excused when the intention and the result is beneficial.