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Clizia is a comedy by Italian Renaissance political scientist and writer Niccolò Machiavelli, written in 1525.[1] The work is based upon a classical play by Plautus.[2]


The plot centres around a lecherous Florentine named Nicomaco who becomes attracted to an orphan girl he has raised since childhood. Nicomaco's son is also interested in the girl and wishes to marry her, but both men are manipulated by the matriarch of the family.[3]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-02-12. Retrieved 2009-08-07.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Maria J. Falco, Feminist interpretations of Niccolò Machiavelli, p. 334
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