With Italy again in crisis, Machiavelli shines



ROME- With Italy still mired in a long-running government crisis, a show honouring Renaissance politics genius Niccolo Machiavelli opened in Rome this week celebrating his enduring legacy.
The exhibition at the Vittoriano museum celebrates the 500th anniversary of Machiavelli's classic study of leadership "The Prince" and is entitled "The Prince and his Times: 1513 to 2013".



With Italy again in crisis, Machiavelli shines
A dose of Machiavelli's political realism could come in handy for Italian parties which have been at loggerheads ever since a general election in February that left no clear winner.
The exhibition is structured thematically around works of art, unpublished manuscripts and artifacts linked to Machiavelli (1469-1527).
Machiavelli, whose name has become a byword for deviousness, matured his thinking during a period of grave political instability in what is now Italy and he served as an adviser to the ruling family in Florence, the Medici.
He began writing "The Prince" in 1513 but it was only published posthumously in 1532.
It has proved enduringly popular and the exhibition includes a copy that belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte and was found in his carriage after the Battle of Waterloo in 1815.
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Saturday, April 27th 2013
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