machiavelli-port A man so devious that when he wrote his seminal work, The Prince, about the treachery and backstabbing that could be used to gain power, he did the right thing: shove the book in a drawer and ignore it to the day he died. Later, other folks found the book and published it. (We'd be very pleased if these folks fucked each other over to get the book published, but life seldom presents such tidiness.)


3 May 1469 Niccolo Machiavelli born.
1513 Accused of conspiracy.
1513 The Prince.
1517 Discourses upon the First Ten Books of Livy.
1527 Medici family deposed.
21 Jun 1527 Niccolo Machiavelli dies, Florence.
1564 Machiavelli's writings placed on the Index Librorum Prohibitorum.
1995 Rapper Tupac Shakur assumes Makaveli as an alias.

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