Along with his political writings, Machiavelli's lively comedy, MANDRAGOLA, marks the beginning of a major revolution in western political theory. The drama presents a private subject & thus makes possible a fuller understanding of Machiavelli's thought. It has been considered a high point of Renaissance comedy & is of interest to students of dramatic literature as well.
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