The Renaissance City-States of Italy

  • Ronald M. Glassman


The Italian Renaissance revived the classical Greek and Roman literature: philosophy, science, art, music – all were “reborn,” including Greek democracy. But, the Italian city-states were purely craft and trade cities – the citizens were not well-trained soldiers. The wealthy trade and banking oligarchs paid professional soldiers (Italians and Swiss) to defend their cities, and to repress the attempts at citizen democracy. Oligarchy typified these city-states. However, along with the incredible improvements in art, music, and science, the ideas, arguments, and institutions of Greek democracy were revived in the culture of the Renaissance.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ronald M. Glassman
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  1. 1.NYU School of Professional StudiesStern College of Yeshiva UniversityNew YorkUSA

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