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Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius, Book 2

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In "Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius", posthumous work by the author of The Prince, Machiavelli discusses the useful lessons that could be learnt from the past for the present. As the title mentions, the subject of the work is the first ten books of Livy's Ab urbe condita, which cover the expansion of Rome from the legendary monarchy of Romulus to the end of the Third Samnite War (293 BCE). The whole work contains three books, with 142 numbered chapters - perhaps not a coincidence, since Livy's history also contained 142 books. In the second book, the author discusses decisions made by the Roman people pertaining to the increase of its empire. - Summary by Leni (4 hr 39 min)

Chapters

Preface

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CHAPTER I. Whether the Empire acquired by the Romans was more due to Valour or …

8:50

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CHAPTER II. With what Nations the Romans had to contend, and how stubborn these…

14:51

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CHAPTER III. That Rome became great by destroying the Cities which lay round ab…

4:29

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CHAPTER IV. That Commonwealths have followed three Methods for extending their …

11:39

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CHAPTER V. That changes in Sects and Tongues, and the happening of Floods and P…

6:18

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CHAPTER VI. Of the Methods followed by the Romans in making War.

6:28

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CHAPTER VII. Of the Quantity of Land assigned by the Romans to each Colonist.

2:18

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CHAPTER VIII. Why certain Nations leave their ancestral Seats and overflow the …

10:20

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CHAPTER IX. Of the Causes which commonly give rise to Wars between States.

4:46

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CHAPTER X. That contrary to the vulgar opinion, Money is not the Sinews of War.

9:58

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CHAPTER XI. That it were unwise to ally yourself a Prince who has Reputation ra…

3:00

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CHAPTER XII. Whether when Invasion is imminent it is better to anticipate or to…

10:06

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CHAPTER XIII. That Men rise from humble to high Fortunes rather by Fraud than b…

4:57

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CHAPTER XIV. That Men often err in thinking they can subdue Pride by Humility.

3:39

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CHAPTER XV. That weak States are always dubious in their Resolves; and that tar…

7:13

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CHAPTER XVI. That the Soldiers of our days depart widely from the methods of an…

10:33

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CHAPTER XVII. What importance the Armies of the present day should allow to Art…

13:18

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CHAPTER XVIII. That the authority of the Romans and the example of ancient Warf…

12:57

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CHAPTER XIX. That Acquisitions made by ill-governed States and such as follow n…

11:54

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CHAPTER XX. Of the Dangers incurred by Princes or Republics who resort to Auxil…

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CHAPTER XXI. That Capua was the first City to which the Romans sent a Prætor; n…

5:44

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CHAPTER XXII. That in matters of moment Men often judge amiss.

6:47

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CHAPTER XXIII. That in chastising their Subjects when circumstances required it…

9:58

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CHAPTER XXIV. That, commonly, Fortresses do much more Harm than Good

21:17

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CHAPTER XXV. That he who attacks a City divided against itself, must not think …

5:03

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CHAPTER XXVI. That Taunts and Abuse breed Hatred against him who uses them, wit…

5:22

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CHAPTER XXVII.That prudent Princes and Republics should be content to have obta…

8:52

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CHAPTER XXVIII. That to neglect the redress of Grievances, whether public or pr…

5:19

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CHAPTER XXIX. That Fortune obscures the minds of Men when she would not have th…

8:14

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CHAPTER XXX. That really powerful Princes and, Commonwealths do not buy Friends…

10:50

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CHAPTER XXXI. Of the Danger of trusting banished Men.

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CHAPTER XXXII. In how many Ways the Romans gained Possession of Towns.

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CHAPTER XXXIII. That the Romans intrusted the Captains of their Armies with the…

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