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Machiavelli: Discourses on Livy

OrigenDeLaRepublicaRomana_CastoPlasenciaThe Discourses on the First Ten Book of Titus Livius, (Italian: Discorsi sopra la prima deca di Tito Livio), often known simply as The Discourses, were written by Niccolo Machiavelli in the second decade of the sixteenth century, in the sme period as his most famous book, The Prince. In contrast to the monarchical concerns of that work, Machiavelli focuses in The Discourses on the political of republican government, through a commentary on Livy's account of the early history of Rome. Many scholars have argued that The Discourses provide a fuller picture of Machiavelli's political beliefs than The Prince.

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Free online texts

Biblioteca Philosophica: Discorsi sopra la Prima Deca Di Tito Livio. Italian text. HTML format.
Gutenberg: Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, translated by Ninian Hill Thomson. Multiple formats. 
Internet Archive: Discorsi sopra la prima deca di Tito Livio. Vol I | Vol II. Italian text. Multiple formats.
Internet Archive: The Prince and the Discourses. The Discourses translated by Christian E. Detmold. With an Introduction by Max Lerner. Modern Library (1940). Multiple formats. Discourses on the First Ten Books of Titus Livius, translated by Christian Detmold (1882). HTML format.
Online Library of Liberty: Niccolo Machiavelli, The Historical, Political, and Diplomatic Writings, vol. 2 (The Prince, Discourses on the First Ten Books of Titus Livius, Thoughts of a Statesman). Translated by Christian Detmold. Multiple formats.
University of Adelaide (Internet Archive): Discourses of Niccolo Machiavelli on the First Ten Books of Titus Livy. English translation. Multiple formats.
Wikisource: Italian text and English translation by Henry Neville. HTML and other formats.

Audio Resources

BBC In Our Time: Machiavelli and the Italian City States. Melvyn Bragg with Quentin Skinner, Evelyn Welch and Lisa Jardine.
CBC Radio: Machiavelli - The Prince of Paradox. Nicola Luksic, with Clifford Orwin, Michelle Clarke, Harvey Mansfield and Erica Benner.
History of Philosophy without any gaps: The Sentence - Machiavelli on Republicanism, podcast by Peter Adamson.
Internet Archive: Allan Bloom's Machiavelli Lecture - Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5.

Video Resources

Catholic University of America: Machiavelli's Modern Turn, lecture by Nathan Tarcov.
Conversations with Bill Kristol: Harvey Mansfield on Tocqueville's Machiavellianism.
Foundation for Constitutional Government: "Is Machiavelli a Moralist or a Realist?" with Erica Benner (Yale); Michelle Clarke (Dartmouth); Clifford Orwin (Toronto). | How does Machiavelli Regard Religion?, with William Connell (Seton Hall); William Kristol (The Weekly Standard); Vickie Sullivan (Tufts); Nathan Tarcov (Chicago). | Is Machiavelli a Civic Humanist or figure of the Renaissance? with James Hankins (Harvard); John McCormick (Chicago); Eric Nelson (Harvard); Paul Rahe (Hillsdale). | Is Machiavelli a Philosopher? with Ioannis Evrigenis (Tufts); Christopher Lynch (Carthage); Harvey Mansfield (Harvard); Waller Newell (Carleton).
YouTube: How Machiavellian was Machiavelli? Public lecture by Quentin Skinner.
YouTube: Harvey Mansfield on "Machiavelli's Verità Effetuale".

Other Resources

Center for Constitutional Government: Great Thinkers - Niccolo Machiavelli.
Internet Archive: Niccolo Machiavelli and His Times, by Pasquale Villari (1878).
Jacobin: What would Machiavelli do? by Chris Maisano.
PhilPapers: Niccolo Machiavelli - bibliography with open access option.
New Yorker: The Question of Machiavelli, by Isaiah Berlin, 4 November 1971 issue.
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Niccolò Machiavelli.
Wikipedia: Discourses on Livy.

Further reading at Tom's Learning Notes

Livy: From the Founding of the City.
Machiavelli: The Prince - The shorter, though more famous work which focuses on advice to monarchs, in contrast to The Discourses.
Italian Language resources.


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