IN SEARCH OF THE 'MACHIAVELLIAN MOMENT'. THE METAPHOR OF THE PRINCE AS THE GREAT PRETENDER AND ACTOR ACCORDING TO NICCOLO MACHIAVELLI AND THOMAS MORE
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In his discussion of the description of a ruler in 'The Prince' by Machiavelli and 'Utopia' by More the author indicated that in both books one of the relevant features of the monarch is his ability to pretend. The Prince treats this talent as a distinctly positive trait, in contrast to the disparaging treatise by More. The author underlined the fact that for the first time since antiquity had power been depicted in a manner distant from an ideal portrayal. Both descriptions coincided with the appearance in literature of a metaphor of the ruler-thespian, performing in the theatre of politics.
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