Niccolò Machiavelli

1469 - 1527

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Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli (, also US: ; Italian: [nikkoˈlɔ mmakjaˈvɛlli]; 3 May 1469 – 21 June 1527) was a Florentine diplomat, philosopher, politician, historian and writer who lived during the Renaissance. He is best known for The Prince (Il Principe), written about 1513. He has often been called the father of modern political philosophy and political science.For many years he served as a senior official in the Florentine Republic with responsibilities in diplomatic and military affairs. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Niccolò Machiavelli has received more than 8,214,947 page views. His biography is available in 131 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 128 in 2019). Niccolò Machiavelli is the 11th most popular philosopher (up from 12th in 2019), the 12th most popular biography from Italy and the most popular Italian Philosopher.

Niccolò Machiavelli is most famous for his book The Prince, which is a guide for rulers on how to maintain power.

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Among philosophers, Niccolò Machiavelli ranks 11 out of 1,089Before him are Gautama Buddha, Immanuel Kant, René Descartes, Avicenna, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, and Friedrich Nietzsche. After him are Augustine of Hippo, John Locke, Francis Bacon, Pythagoras, Thomas Aquinas, and Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel.

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Among people born in 1469, Niccolò Machiavelli ranks 1After him are Manuel I of Portugal, Guru Nanak, Gian Galeazzo Sforza, Thomas Cajetan, John Fisher, Rodrigo de Triana, Ishak Pasha, Francesco Granacci, and Elia Levita. Among people deceased in 1527, Niccolò Machiavelli ranks 1After him are Charles III, Duke of Bourbon, Diego Columbus, Juan de Grijalva, Johann Froben, and Rodrigo de Bastidas.

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Among people born in Italy, Niccolò Machiavelli ranks 12 out of 4,088Before him are Christopher Columbus (1451), Archimedes (-287), Augustus (-63), Dante Alighieri (1265), Raphael (1483), and Antonio Vivaldi (1678). After him are Benito Mussolini (1883), Thomas Aquinas (1225), Giuseppe Verdi (1813), Cicero (-106), Commodus (161), and Nero (37).


Among philosophers born in Italy, Niccolò Machiavelli ranks 1After him are Thomas Aquinas (1225), Maria Montessori (1870), Parmenides (-501), Zeno of Elea (-490), Lucretius (-94), Empedocles (-490), Pliny the Elder (23), Antonio Gramsci (1891), Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (1463), Boethius (480), and Bonaventure (1221).