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What is Niccolo Machiavelli Famous for?

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Niccolo Machiavelli was a 16th century Italian writer and diplomat who is mostly famous for his work "The Prince." Machiavelli is often regarded as the founder of modern political theory.

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Niccolo Machiavelli was born in Florence in 1469 into an influential family. He received a good education and began a career as a diplomat, undertaking a series of missions that led him to become acquainted with Pope Julius II, Ferdinand II and Louis XII. Machiavelli wrote his major work, "Il Principe," in 1513, after a dark period in his career. He also wrote "On the Art of War" and "The Mandrake."

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