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For unknown reasons, Leonardo left his post with Cesare Borgia in 1503. He may have  sensed that Borgia's power would soon come to an end, or he may have been disgusted  with some of the assassinations that Borgia had performed in recent months. Back in Florence, Leonardo may have renewed relations with Machiavelli: the Arno  River ran from Florence to Pisa, and the two cities were now at war; Machiavelli served  as one of the directors of a project to divert the river so as to prevent it from running  through Pisa, thus depriving the inhabitants of fresh water, as well as supplied brought  by riverboats. Leonardo made many sketches of the river and of the planned new  course; most likely the directors also consulted him as an engineer. However, the project  itself failed. By this time, Leonardo had gained an immense reputation, and Florence wanted to take 
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course ART 2313 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.

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