This wanton slaughter and destruction brought no

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This wanton slaughter and destruction brought no prosperity, it brought no riches, it brought no tangible good at all. It only brought one man power, a man who according to Machiavelli, was strangled only a year after his vicious rise. All men who crave power, and especially those that are willing to take it have a vision for their nation. They believe that they are the only one capable of leading, only they can help the nation achieve its full potential. These are the kinds of princes that this kind of thinking breeds. Men willing to do savage deeds in the name of power, for if the success of the nation is at stake then what could be called unnecessary. The very embodiment of this notion can be seen in the figure of Pope Julius II, also known as the “Warrior Pope”. Under his ambitious rule the land of the Papal States expanded greatly, amazing works of art such as St. Peter's basilica were created, and a pope led an army to conquest. He, who should have been all that is holy and sanctified, embraced the path of the prince and sought only temporal power.
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This falseness may be shameful for a pope, even sacrilegious, but as Machiavelli makes clear it is perfect for a prince, “For this reason a prince...may appear to him who sees and hears him altogether merciful, faithful, humane, upright, and religious. There is nothing more necessary to appear to have than this last quality...”(Machiavelli Chapter 18). In this quote Machiavelli contends that a man that is actually religious finds his ability to govern severely hindered by his beliefs. However, a man that is capable of appearing religious while retaining his ability to perform objectionable tasks finds himself far more adaptable to the rigors of leadership. This duality allows even popes to sate their endless ambitions. From the preceding analysis it is becoming clear that Julius possesses a character that seems plucked from the pages of The Prince, but the image is completed when we realize that Machiavelli applauds many of Julius' actions within the actual text of The Prince. There is no clearer sign that one is behaving like a prince than being celebrated for behaving like a prince by the man who invented the rules for behaving like a prince. Take for example this quote, “Julius... intended to gain Bologna, to ruin the Venetians, and to drive the French out of Italy. All of these enterprises prospered with him, and so much the more to his credit, inasmuch as he did everything to strengthen the Church and not any private person” (Machiavelli Chapter 11). Gaining territory, ruining opponents, driving away rivals, these actions would be abhorrent to a pope, but they are the very duties of a prince. In the name of princely power a pope took up arms and marshaled an army.
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