ITAL300 - BUILDING THE HOUSE OF CARDS: MACHIAVELLI & POLITICS IN RENAISSANCE ITALY

Section Description: 
Niccolò Machiavelli died nearly five hundred years ago, but his name does not cease to fascinate scholarly as well as popular imagination. By the sixteenth century, the name Machiavelli had become synonymous with diabolical cunning, a meaning that it still carries today: from video games like Assassin’s Creed to TV series like The Borgias, Machiavelli’s persona is unanimously portrayed as powerful, unscrupulous, and deceptive. How did this inglorious image originate in the first place? To what extent is Machiavelli’s reputation grounded on his actual works? And how much is the result of later historical distortion? In this course, you will be introduced to Machiavelli’s fascinating and controversial world. We will read through his original works together, gaining a deep understanding of his thought, the problems with which he struggled, and the solutions he devised. Through Machiavelli, you will immerse yourselves in the world of Renaissance Italy, getting firsthand knowledge of the main historical, political, and cultural features of that age. The course will be taught in Italian. Readings will be both in Italian and in English.
Instructors: 
DE ROBERTIS, TOMMASO
Day and Time: 
MW 1200PM-0130PM
Room: 
VAN PELT LIBRARY 625
Section ID: 
ITAL300301
Title (text only): 
BUILDING THE HOUSE OF CARDS: MACHIAVELLI & POLITICS IN RENAISSANCE ITALY
Subject Area: 
ITAL
Term: 
2020A
Term Session: 
0
Activity: 
SEM
Course Number Only: 
300
Section Number Only: 
301
Cross Listings: 
    Status: 
    O
    Course ID: 
    ITAL300