Discursos de Nicolao Machiaueli: Juan Lorenzo Ottevanti’s Spanish Translation of Machiavelli’s Discourses on Livy (1552)

Discursos de Nicolao Machiaueli: Juan Lorenzo Ottevanti’s Spanish Translation of Machiavelli’s Discourses on Livy (1552)

Edited by Keith David Howard
2016 | 334 pp. | 978-0-86698-523-9 | Hardcover 6 x 9 in
MRTS 470 | $65 |

Discursos de Machiaueli (Medina del Campo, 1552 & 1555) is Juan Lorenzo Ottevanti’s Spanish translation of Niccolò Machiavelli’s Discourses on Livy. This is the first critical edition of this text, whose aim is to reproduce not Machiavelli’s but the translator’s intention, thereby allowing scholars to examine the modes in which Machiavelli’s political and military thought was made intelligible to Spaniards in the early modern period. In his Introduction, Howard demonstrates that its original publication engaged in fascinating ways the ongoing Spanish imperial project in both the European and American contexts.