Agathocles, the Sicilian,[*] became King of Syracuse not only from a private but from a low and abject position.
[*] Agathocles the Sicilian, born 361 B.C., died 289 B.C.
Some may wonder how it can happen that Agathocles, and his like, after infinite treacheries and cruelties, should live for long secure in his country, and defend himself from external enemies, and never be conspired against by his own citizens; seeing that many others, by means of cruelty, have never been able even in peaceful times to hold the state, still less in the doubtful times of war.
And his destruction would have been as difficult as that of Agathocles if he had not allowed himself to be overreached by Cesare Borgia, who took him with the Orsini and Vitelli at Sinigalia, as was stated above.
Still, if the courage of Agathocles in entering into and extricating himself from dangers be considered, together with his greatness of mind in enduring and overcoming hardships, it cannot be seen why he should be esteemed less than the most notable captain.
Machiavell i says of the criminal Agathocles
, in two consecutive sentences, first that he lacked virtue and then that he possessed virtue; in the first case "virtue" means moral virtue in the widest sense which includes religion, and in the second case it means cleverness and courage combined.
Virtu and the example of Agathocles
in Machiavelli's Prince.
in the village of Anogyra -- a great character, bull-necked and toothless -- giving the unseen woman the benefit of a lifetime's experience from beneath his bald dome, eyes almost lost in folds in flesh.
I did so however when the pope was elected, and I asked for nothing else but your liberation." In the politics of a city famed for its skills in painting, sculpture, sensuality refined and unrefined, banking, torture, cronyism, vendetta, and--during the brief suspension of the "liberty" of the "republic" by the Dominican Savonarola--fatally unworldly and apocalyptic piety, Machiavelli learned from youth that to be successful one needed effectively to deploy force and fraud and to admire greatness of will even in characters like Agathocles
of Syracuse, whose savagery left him slightly uneasy.
porque el color de fondo de la region dorsal de las AA es marron claro, que a diferencia de la subespecie anterior es mas oscura, ademas las manchas hialinas del AAD son generalmente mas grandes, el color amarillo del area basal y medial en el AAV es difuso y de menor en tamano, la envergadura alar es mayor que la subespecie anterior.
His condemnation of the skilled, brutal, audacious climb to power of Agathocles
the Sicilian is but one refutation of the picture of Machiavelli as an amoral worshipper of ruthless efficiency.