The Georgetown University Department of Italian, together with the Italian Cultural Institute and the Italian Embassy, is hosting a symposium to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Machiavelli's Prince.
"When evening comes, I return home and enter my study; on the threshold I take off my workday clothes, covered with mud and dirt, and put on the garments of court and palace. Fitted out appropriately, I step inside the venerable courts of the ancients, where, solicitously received by them, I nourish myself on that food that alone is mine and for which I was born; where I am unashamed to converse with them and to question them about the motives for their actions, and they, out of their human kindness, answer me."
Thus wrote Niccolò Machiavelli to his friend Francesco Vettori in 1513. His conversations with the ancients would result in one of the most thought-provoking books in the history of Western literature. On the 500th anniversary of the completion of The Prince, the Italian Cultural Institute of Washington, D.C. and the Department of Italian at Georgetown University are proud to present a symposium on Machiavelli’s enduring legacy. Specialists in literature, political science, and religious history will illustrate the relevance of The Prince within their disciplines, while filmmaker Luca Verdone will talk about his film-in-progress on the writer’s life, seen both from a public and a private perspective.
*About the Painting: Santi di Tito, 1536-1603. Portrait of Machiavelli. Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy
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