The Discourses Character Descriptions

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Niccolo Machiavelli - This person was a well-known Italian statesman, writer, philosophy, diplomat and political scientist and is most well-known for writing "The Prince", which was composed in 1513 and published after his death in 1532. His name is synonymous with wily and deceptive politicking.

The Roman Empire/Republic - "The Discourses" is ostensibly a commentary on Titus Livius's history of this ancient civilization formed in 509 B.C. and continued for over 450 years. It was the basis for a wide range of modern governments.

The Republic - "The Discourses" is focused on advising members of this system on how to govern.

The Prince - The function of this book is to comment on monarchical rulers of city states.

The Citizen of a Republic - When operating together, these people are often wiser than their rulers. The Discourses often stresses their wisdom but also advises rulers how to manage them...

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