Machiavelli's Missing Romulus and the Murderous Intent of the Prince
Author: Parent, Joseph
Source: History of Political Thought, Volume 26, Number 4, 2005 , pp. 625-645(21)
Publisher: Imprint Academic
Abstract:This paper argues that The Prince should be read as bearing uncomfortably specific policy recommendations, namely for the work's dedicatee Lorenzo de' Medici to kill his uncle Pope Leo X and the college of cardinals to begin unifying Italy. In support of the argument, the paper develops Machiavelli's parallel construction between Chapters Six and Twenty-Six, where he mysteriously omits Romulus from a list of great founders whose example should be emulated. In short, Chapter Twenty-Six is an integral, integrated part of The Prince.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Buttenwieser Fellow, Columbia University, Dept. of Political Science, 420 West 118th Street, New York, NY 10027, USA, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Publication date: 2005