History of Florence and of the Affairs of Italy eBook

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Machiavelli is buried in the church of Santa Croce at Florence, beside the tomb of Michael Angelo.  His monument bears this inscription: 

“Tanto nomini nullum par eulogium.”

And though this praise is doubtless exaggerated, he is a son of whom his country may be justly proud.

Hugo Albert Rennert.

[*] Villari, Niccolo Machiavelli e i suoi tempi, 2d ed.  Milan, 1895-97, the best work on the subject.  The most complete bibliography of Machiavelli up to 1858 is to be found in Mohl, Gesch. u.  Liter. der Staatswissenshaften, Erlangen, 1855, III., 521-91.  See also La Vita e gli scritti di Niccolo Machiavelli nella loro Relazione col Machiavellismo, by O. Tommasini, Turin, 1883 (unfinished).
The best English translation of Machiavelli with which I am acquainted is:  The Historical, Political, and Diplomatic writings of Niccolo Machiavelli, translated by Christian E. Detmold.  Osgood & Co., Boston, 1882, 4 vols. 8vo.

THE FLORENTINE HISTORY OF NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI

BOOK I

CHAPTER I

Irruption of Northern people upon the Roman territories—­Visigoths—­Barbarians called in by Stilicho—­Vandals in Africa—­Franks and Burgundians give their names to France and Burgundy—­The Huns—­Angles give the name to England—­Attila, king of the Huns, in Italy—­Genseric takes Rome—­The Lombards.

The people who inhabit the northern parts beyond the Rhine and the Danube, living in a healthy and prolific region, frequently increase to such vast multitudes that part of them are compelled to abandon their native soil, and seek a habitation in other countries.  The method adopted, when one of these provinces had to be relieved of its superabundant population, was to divide into three parts, each containing an equal number of nobles and of people, of rich and of poor.  The third upon whom the lot fell, then went in search of new abodes, leaving the remaining two-thirds in possession of their native country.

These migrating masses destroyed the Roman empire by the facilities for settlement which the country offered when the emperors abandoned Rome, the ancient seat of their dominion, and fixed their residence at Constantinople; for by this step they exposed the western empire to the rapine of both their ministers and their enemies, the remoteness of their position preventing them either from seeing or providing for its necessities.  To suffer the overthrow of such an extensive empire, established by the blood of so many brave and virtuous men, showed no less folly in the princes themselves than infidelity in their ministers; for not one irruption alone, but many, contributed to its ruin; and these barbarians exhibited much ability and perseverance in accomplishing their object.

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