The Comedies of Machiavelli
By Niccolo Machiavelli
(Hackett Publishing Company, Paperback, 9780872209015, 408pp.)
Publication Date: August 2007
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Though better known today as a political theorist than as a dramatist, Machiavelli secured his fame as a giant in the history of Italian comedy more than fifty years before Shakespeare's comedies delighted English-speaking audiences. This bilingual edition includes all three examples of Machiavelli's comedic art: sparkling translations of his farcical masterpiece, "The Mandrake"; of his version of Terence's "The Woman From Andros"; and of his Plautus-inspired "Clizia"--works whose genre afforded Machiavelli a unique vehicle not only for entertaining audiences but for examining "virtue" amid the twists and turns of "fortune."