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Machiavelli's Romans : Liberty and Greatness in the Discourses on Livy: Liberty and Greatness in the Discourses on Livy - Patrick J. Coby

Machiavelli's Romans

Liberty and Greatness in the Discourses on Livy: Liberty and Greatness in the Discourses on Livy

Paperback Published: 28th January 1999
ISBN: 9780739100707
Number Of Pages: 378

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Although Machiavelli is usually considered a pioneer among modern political philosophers, he read deeply in and was greatly influenced by the works of classical Roman thinkers such as Livy. There is thus a fundamental tension between the modern and the ancient within Machiavelli's philosophy; he is both a precursor to the Enlightenment and a throwback to republican Rome.

This is the main thesis behind Patrick Coby's innovative study of the neglected Machiavellian classic Discourses on Livy. Coby argues that scholars have been too quick to dismiss the ancient antecedents of Machiavelli's thought, particularly with regard to the modes and orders of the Roman republic. The book seeks to resolve the central paradox of the Discourses, that Machiavelli recommends adoption of Roman modes and orders even though those modes and orders destroyed the virtu, the strength, which Machiavelli would have moderns resuscitate by imitating Rome. A sophisticated, highly engaging book, Machiavelli's Romans will be of special interest to political theorists, Renaissance scholars, and classicists.

Industry Reviews

Under Coby's able guidance the reader gets a grand tour of contemporary Machiavelli scholarship and interpretations. The discussion of liberty and greatness is especially stimulating. . . . All in all, the book makes the Discourses less mysterious, more intelligible, and more exciting than it is thought to be.--American Political Science Review

Acknowledgmentp. ix
Introduction: Reading the Discoursesp. 1
Why Rome?p. 21
Rome's "Inside" Modes and Ordersp. 55
Rome's Humorsp. 93
Rome's "Outside" Modes and Ordersp. 113
Rome's Captainsp. 149
Machiavelli's Modes and Ordersp. 195
Machiavelli's Middle Waysp. 225
What Machiavelli Wantsp. 249
Notesp. 285
Bibliographyp. 347
Indexp. 359
About the Authorp. 367
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ISBN: 9780739100707
ISBN-10: 073910070X
Series: Applications of Political Theory (Paperback)
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 378
Published: 28th January 1999
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.76 x 14.88  x 1.96
Weight (kg): 0.48