Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism

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Machiavelli, Niccolò
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A. Life and career

The Florentine official and diplomat and Italian political writer and poet Niccolò M. was born on May 3, 1469 at Florence, where he also died on June 21, 1527. His father was the notary Bernardo Machiavelli, who wrote a diary (Libro di ricordi, 1474–1487). After studying the trivium (grammar, rhetoric, dialectics) via the Ars minor/Ars maior of the Late Antique Latin grammarian Aelius Donatus, and parts of the quadrivium (arithmetic, geometry, music, astronomy), he gained early knowledge of ancient (e.g. Aristotle, Cicero, Ptolemy) and medieval…

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Hoeges, Dirk (Hannover), “Machiavelli, Niccolò”, in: Brill’s New Pauly Supplements II - Volume 8 : The Reception of Antiquity in Renaissance Humanism, English edition by Chad M. Schroeder (2017). Original German-language edition: Renaissance-Humanismus. Herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester. Serie: Der Neue Pauly Supplemente 2. Staffel, herausgegeben von Manfred Landfester und Helmuth Schneider, vol. 9. Stuttgart, Germany. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH (2014). Consulted online on 06 December 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-3418_bnps8_SIM_004906>
First published online: 2015



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