Understand Italian used in Il Principe: dedication, part 5

This post completes your study of the dedication from Niccolò Machiavelli’s Il Principe. After you have worked through this post, I encourage you to reread the dedication to appreciate your new understanding of the text in Italian. You will find a link in the index where you can read it online. The remaining portion of the dedication reads as follows: Pigli adunque Vostra Magnificenza questo piccolo … Continue reading Understand Italian used in Il Principe: dedication, part 5

Understand Italian used in Il Principe: dedication, part 4

In this next portion of the dedication from his treatise Il Principe, Niccolò Machiavelli justifies the offering of his knowledge to Lorenzo, a person mightier than him, by drawing a parallel: a landscape artist who wishes to contemplate the mountains must go low into the plains; on the other hand, to contemplate the plains, he must go high into the mountains. In similar fashion, he … Continue reading Understand Italian used in Il Principe: dedication, part 4

Understand Italian used in Il Principe: dedication, part 3

In this post, you continue your study of the dedication found in Niccolò Machiavelli’s Il Principe. In this third part, Machiavelli states that he has written his treatise without embellished language. This is certainly not the case with the dedication, however, where the language used is ornate indeed. E benchè io giudichi questa opera indegna della presenza di quella; nondimeno confido assai, che per sua umanità … Continue reading Understand Italian used in Il Principe: dedication, part 3

Understand Italian used in Il Principe: dedication, part 2

This post continues with the dedication from Niccolò Machiavelli’s treatise Il Principe. In this next portion of text, Machiavelli states that what he holds most dear amongst his possessions is his knowledge of the actions of great men; this, in the form of his treatise, is what he offers to Lorenzo di Piero de’ Medici: Desiderando io adunque offerirmi alla Vostra Magnificenza con qualche testimone della … Continue reading Understand Italian used in Il Principe: dedication, part 2

Understand Italian used in Il Principe: dedication, part 1

Il Principe, first published in 1532, is a political treatise by Niccolò Machiavelli, an Italian diplomat, politician, historian and philosopher born in Florence, in 1469. Before the main chapters of the work, Machiavelli begins with una dedica (pronounced dèdica), or dedication. This post begins your study of the dedica. Your study will be of an 1814 edition; you will find a link in the index … Continue reading Understand Italian used in Il Principe: dedication, part 1