Political Theory

Machiavelli and Montesquieu on Rome: History, Virtue, and Liberty


This conference examined the rise and fall of Rome as analyzed by Machiavelli and Montesquieu.


Conference Readings

Machiavelli, Niccolo. Discourses on Livy. Translated by Harvey C. Mansfield and Nathan Tarcov. Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1996.

Machiavelli, Niccolo. Florentine Histories. Translated by Laura F. Banfield and Harvey C. Mansfield, Jr. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1988.

Montesquieu. Considerations on the Causes of The Greatness of the Romans and Their Decline. Translated by David Lowenthal. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Co., 1999.