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Symbolism, Setting, and Objects from The Discourses

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Object Descriptions

This section provides a short description of all the major objects in the book. This can be printed out as a study guide for students, used as a "key" for leading a class discussion, or you can jump to the quiz/homework section to find worksheets that incorporate these descriptions into a variety of question formats.


Italy - This is the country where Machiavelli's lived and where he thinks been undermined by decadence. One purpose of "The Discourses" is to help revive virtuous government in the city states here.

Rome - This is the city where the heart of an ancient republic is found. It is a source of examples for managing city-states of Machiavelli's day.

Principalities - These are City-states that were the dominant form of political organization in Machiavelli's time.

The Best Form of Government - One purpose of "The Discourses" is to defend a...

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