Essay about Niccolo Machiavelli

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According to legend, just before his death, Niccolo Machiavelli told his friends that had remained faithful to him up until the very end about a dream he had had. In his dream, he had seen a group of peasants, wretched and decrepit in appearance. He asked them who they were. They replied, ‘We are the saintly and the blessed; we are on our way to heaven.’ Then he saw a crowd of formally attired men, aristocratic and grim in appearance, speaking solemnly of important political matters. Again, he asked them who they were and where they were going. ‘We are the damned of Hell’ was their answer. Machiavelli later remarked that he would be far happier in Hell. This story was from Viroli’s Niccolo’s Smile (“The Mask and The Face”). The crowd of…show more content…
There were many new ideas and theories popping up during that era. The cultural revolution was causing civil unrest throughout Italy. Machiavelli’s family was part of Florentine nobility and well educated, but they were considered middle class financially. Machiavelli loved to read classic literature, a characteristic of both his parents, and his thinking was influenced by the Medici, Plato, Aristotle, Socrates, Seneca, and his education at the University of Florence.
Born on May 3, 1469 in Florence, Italy, his father was Bernardo di Niccolò Machiavelli and his mother was Bartolomea di Stefano Nelli, both from noble families. In 1502, at the age of thirty-three he married Marietta Corsini and proceeded to have four sons and two daughters. He died on May 22, 1527 in Florence, Italy with a bad reputation from his theories being misunderstood. His grandson, Giovanni Ricci, was important because he preserved many of Machiavelli’s letters and writings for future generations to read and interpret. Machiavelli had, overall, a very successful career and accomplished many things as an important political figure in Italy. He was well renowned and considered the first great politician of his time. He was also the first politician to apply Aristotle’s scientific method of separating morals from facts. But, he was also accused of plagiarizing theories from others. At the relatively young age of twenty-nine, he secured the high public office of

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