Thursday, February 17, 2011

The Prince before the Prince: Italian Studies Conference

According to some political theorists, western democracies are paving the road for the coming of a "postmodern prince". This conference analyses the image of the Prince from a historical, literary, political, and juridical perspective, from antiquity to Machiavelli's powerful portrait.  Why has the Prince conquered the imagination of intellectuals as well as common people, across the centuries?


  8:30   Coffee                                    
  9:00   Opening remarks
  9:30   Joseph Farrell, University of Pennsylvania
On the Good King according to Homer”                    
10:15   Marilynn Desmond, Binghamton University
            “Robert of Anjou, Princeps excellens, rex invictissime”         
11:00   Mario Ascheri, Universit√† di Roma 3
“The Princeps in Late Medieval Legal Texts”

11:45   Lunch break
  2:00   Fabio Finotti
, University of Pennsylvania
            “Inventing the Humanistic Prince”
  2:45  Stephen Milner, University of Manchester
“Addressing princes: the rhetoric of Machiavelli’s dedication”
  3:30   Massimo Lucarelli, Universit√© de Savoie
“Il principe tirannico del Trattato sul governo di Firenze di Savonarola”


Alessandra Villa, Université de Savoie
“Ariosto’s Princes in the Orlando Furioso
  5:15   Ann Moyer, University of Pennsylvania
“Before the Prince of Machiavellism: Machiavellian themes in Sixteenth-century Florentine thought”
 6:00   Closing remarks

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