Machiavelli As A Renaissance Man

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Machiavelli as a Renaissance Man For centuries, periods of history have been defined by their distinct values, their tastes in art, music, literature, and politics. If you hear the term "Romantic Era" your mind is immediately transported to hear the soft music of Lizt, Schubert, or Chopin, and your eyes begin to see waves of the soft colours found in the paintings of Turner, Goya, and Blake. You might even begin reciting a line from a poem by Lord Byron or a quote from one of Jane Austen 's beloved novels. Even if we do not know specific names of people from that era, we will get a feeling, or a sense of what it must have been like, simply from the things we have heard about it. Sometimes, phrases we commonly use today are even named after periods of time in history, which characterize an aspect of this time periods values and ideals. An example of this is the modern term "Renaissance Man". According to Webster 's Dictionary, a Renaissance Man is "a man who is interested in and knows a lot about many things" ("Renaissance Man," def. 1). One of the most famous men of the Renaissance era who holds claim to this title is a man named Niccolo Machiavelli. Born in 1469 in Florence, Italy, he lived his life in the heart of the Italian renaissance as a diplomat, author, historian, philosopher, humanist, and politician ("Biography"). Niccolo Machiavelli 's many talents, as well as his ability to exhibit the Renaissance virtues of humanism, secularism, and individualism through his
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