The Comedies of Machiavelli

The Woman from Andros; The Mandrake; Clizia

Niccolò Machiavelli,

The Comedies of Machiavelli: The Woman from Andros; The Mandrake; Clizia
 
 
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 virtù amid the twists and turns of fortuna.


David Sices is Professor Emeritus of French and Italian, Dartmouth College. James B. Atkinson is an independent scholar. Their edited translations The Sweetness of Power: Machiavelli's Discourses and Guicciardini's Considerations and Machiavelli and His Friends: Their Personal Correspondence are published by the Northern Illinois University Press.



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