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Machiavelli, Comedian

- August 5, 2015 in comedy, Drama, Lucretius, Machiavelli, Mandragola, mandrake, Philosophy, Plays, sexism, Terence, theatre

Most familiar today as the godfather of Realpolitik and as the eponym for all things cunning and devious, the Renaissance thinker Niccolò Machiavelli also had a lighter side, writing as he did a number of comedies. Christopher S. Celenza looks at perhaps the best known of these plays, Mandragola, and explores what it can teach us about the man and his world.