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Niccolo Machiavelli

Name at birth: Niccolo di Bernardo dei MachiavelliMachiavelli has been called the brilliant creator of modern political science by some, and a cynical beast by others; he is considered the originator …

Machiavelli

The Imperial Machiavelli. Tiberius, the Roman emperor. (B.C. 42 to A.D. 37.) His political axiom was “He who knows not how to dissemble knows not how to reign.” It was also the …

Machiavellism

Political cunning and overreaching by diplomacy, according to the pernicious political principles of Niccolo del Machiavelli, of Florence, set forth in his work called The Prince. The gener…

Donatello

Name at birth: Donato di Niccolô di Betto BardiA towering figure in the history of western art, Donatello was an Italian sculptor of the Early Renaissance whose work is seen as a bridge from classic t…

Macheath

(Captain). A highwayman, hero of The Beggar's Opera, by Gay. A fine, gay, bold-faced ruffian, game to the very last. Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894Machiave…

Azo

Marquis of Este, married Parisina, who fell in love with Hugo, a natural son of Azo. The marquis ordered Hugo to be beheaded; but no one knows what the fate of Parisina was. Azo, at any rat…

Writers

Achebe, Rousseau, Yourcenar, and more A-B | C | D-F | G-H | I-L | M-N | O-P | R-S | T-Z Achebe, Chinua Adams, Henry Addison, Joseph Aesop Agee, James Agno…

Divide and Govern

Divide a nation into parties, or set your enemies at loggerheads, and you can have your own way. A maxim of Machiavelli, a noted political writer of Florence (1469-1527). “Every city …

Parisina

the beautiful young wife of Azo. She falls in love with Hugo, her stepson, and betrays herself to her husband in a dream. Azo condemns his son to be executed, but the fate of Parisina, says…

Piccinists

(1774-1780). A French musico-political faction, who contended that pure Italian music is higher art than the mixed German school. In other words, that music is the Alpha and Omega of opera,…