Machiavelli's missing romulus and the murderous intent of The Prince

Joseph M. Parent

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This paper argues that The Prince should be read as bearing uncomfortably specific policy recommendations, namely for the work's dedicatee Lorenzo de' Medici to kill his uncle Pope Leo X and the college of cardinals to begin unifying Italy. In support of the argument, the paper develops Machiavelli's parallel construction between Chapters Six and Twenty-Six, where he mysteriously omits Romulus from a list of great founders whose example should be emulated. In short, Chapter Twenty-Six is an integral, integrated part of The Prince.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)625-645
Number of pages21
JournalHistory of Political Thought
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • History
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Philosophy


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