Welcome to my Machiavelli pages!
There is a complete English
translation of Machiavelli's "The Prince" in this section, together
with my notes to them, collectively about the same length.
This was one of the first texts on my
site, of which it is a part since ca. 1996. It has gone through quite
a few reformattings since then, with little or no textual changes to
my notes, but has been reformatted in March 2012
(i) with some textual
changes in my notes, though not many
(ii) with quotations of the part of Machiavelli's text I
annotate in my notes in blue
(iii) with links to terms in my
Apart from that the formatting has been somewhat improved; the blue
background fixed; and some links repaired, to it seems fair to say
that this is a new and better edition, the last especially because I
have now the quotes I comment on in my notes.
Meanwhile, in the past 15 years or so
both this edition and my notes have been downloaded a lot, and also
have been used in at least one university course.
If you want to know more about
Machiavelli, see my Intro
Machiavelli that also gives references to background texts; if
you want to know more about his time see
Burckhard's "The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy",
also on my site, with notes (that have not yet been finished); and if
you want to know more about politics, there is
list of good readings about politics in my