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The Prince

Niccolò Machiavelli
Translated by Peter Bondanella and Edited by Maurizio Viroli

April 2008

ISBN: 9780199535699

192 pages

In Stock

Oxford World's Classics

Price: £6.99



Based upon Machiavelli's first-hand experience as an emissary of the Florentine Republic to the courts of Europe, The Prince analyses the usually violent means by which men seize, retain, and lose political power. This fluent new translation is accompanied by comprehensive notes and an introduction that dispels some of the myths associated with Machiavelli, and considers the true purpose of The Prince.

  • A new translation, the only English translation to be based upon the authoritative Italian text edited by Giorgio Inglese (1996), that is accurate, readable, and faithful to Machiavelli's style
  • The introduction by Maurizio Viroli presents Machiavelli's political thought in an original context, whose main purpose was the foundation of states and redemption of peoples, using oratory and rhetoric as his main tools.
  • The most comprehensive explanatory and critical notes in any currently available English translation
  • The most comprehensive bibliography in any edition of the work
  • Helpful Glossary of Proper Names, Index and map

About the Author(s)

Niccolò Machiavelli

Translated by Peter Bondanella, Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian, Indiana University, and Edited by Maurizio Viroli, Professor of Politics, Princeton University


"Literary scholar Peter Bondanella rightly seeks the cold elegance and readability of the original. Serious English readers will want both translations." - Lauro Martines, TLS

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