Republics and Kingdoms Compared (The I Tatti Renaissance Library v. 40)

Republics and Kingdoms Compared (The I Tatti Renaissance Library v. 40)

By: Aurelio Lippo Brandolini (author), James Hankins (translator), James Hankins (editor)Hardback

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Aurelio Lippo Brandolini's "Republics and Kingdoms Compared" is the most fascinating and least-known work of humanist political theory before Machiavelli. A Socratic dialogue set in the court of King Mattias Corvinus of Hungary (ca. 1490), the work depicts a debate between the king himself and a Florentine merchant at his court on the relative merits of republics and kingdoms. In effect a searing critique of Florentine civic humanism, the work discusses such issues as free trade and the morality of commerce, the inequalities of wealth typical of republics, the nature of freedom and justice, the reasons for the rise and fall of empires, the causes of political corruption, and the conditions necessary for the flourishing of arts, letters, and culture generally. This is the first published critical edition and the first translation into any language.

About Author

James Hankins is Professor of History at Harvard University and General Editor of the I Tatti Renaissance Library.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780674033986
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 432
  • ID: 9780674033986
  • ISBN10: 0674033981
  • translations: Latin
  • language of text: English

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