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A "Medical Moment": Guicciardini and Lycurgus' knife

Regent, Nikola


The article explores the role of the Spartan example in Guicciardini's political thought, giving a particular attention to his early writings. Examining a series of medical metaphors Guicciardini uses in the analysis of the state, the author uncovers Plutarch as their main source. It is argued that Plutarch, and his description of Lacedaemon, exercised a major influence in the formation of Guicciardini's political ideas. The author focuses on the crucial issue of the usage of "Lycurgus' knife,"...[Show more]

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Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: History of European Ideas
DOI: 10.1016/j.histeuroideas.2007.11.002


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