'Machiavelli: A Portrait' By Christopher Celenza
It's been five hundred years since Machiavelli's masterpiece The Prince went to print, and his name is generally synonymous with cunning, expediency and bad faith. Christopher Celenza, Chairman of the Classics Department at Johns Hopkins University, recently authored a new book, Machiavelli: A Portrait. He will be speaking at the Ivy Bookshop Thursday evening at 7pm. We speak with Celenza about his argument that there’s more to the Renaissance diplomat and writer than the “unscrupulous” label we’ve fixed on him.