Date of Award

Spring 5-5-2023

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Romance Languages

First Advisor

Monica Calabritto

Second Advisor

Paolo Fasoli

Academic Program Adviser

Paolo Fasoli


This thesis explores Machiavelli’s ideas of virtù and fortuna and how, through an exploration of these terms, we can better understand the writer and theorist. By examining his works, principally Principe and Mandragola, we see many consistent ideas as well as gain a clearer understanding of Machiavelli’s character.



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