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Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (1469 – 1527) was an Italian historian, philosopher, humanist, and writer. He lived in Florence where he served as a civil servant. Machiavelli was a political philosopher and is considered a founder of modern political science.
Machiavelli was Secretary to the Second Chancery of the Republic of Florence from 1498 to 1512, and wrote his masterpiece The Prince when the Medici had recovered power.
His influence on modern political science is significant; his ideas are still talked about to this day. Machiavellian is a pejorative term used to describe one who deceives others for personal advantage.
Unknown to many, there have been suggestions that The Prince is political satire and does not (accurately) reflect Machiavelli's own views. Often lost in the debate over Machiavelli's true intentions is a middle position: that Machiavelli used a quasi-satirical tone to deliver a deadly serious argument.
 See also
- Tupac Shakur called himself "Makaveli", which didn't prevent him from being shot
- The Prince, full text of W. K. Marriott's English translation at Project Gutenberg
- Discourses Upon The First Ten (Books) of Titus Livy, English translation at Project Gutenberg
- "POLITICAL THEORY - Niccolò Machiavelli" uploaded by The School of Life on June 19, 2015