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


The plot centres on 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. ^ Clizia. Niccolò Machiavelli (translated by Daniel T. Gallagher). Waveland Press, Inc. 1996. p. 62. ISBN 0-88133-902-4. Archived from the original on 12 February 2010. Retrieved 7 August 2009.
  2. ^ Falco, Maria J. (2004). Feminist Interpretations of Niccolò Machiavelli. Pennsylvania State University Press. p. 334. ISBN 9780271023892.
  3. ^ Bahr, David (7 May 2017). "Machiavelli's Clizia: Or, How To Win Dowries And Dominate Husbands". Forbes Media LLC. Retrieved 19 June 2019.

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