This chapter studies Henry Neville's Plato redivivus (Plato reborn, 1681), a work that continued the discussion of republican rule under the influence of a reading of Machiavelli. It compares and contrasts Neville's work with that of another work referencing Machiavelli's republicanism in the years of the commonwealth governed by Oliver Cromwell in seventeenth-century Britain—James Harrington's The Commonwealth of Oceana (1656). Specifically, this chapter seeks to argue that Neville's book is different from Harrington's Oceana in both kind and content, and that it needs to be read carefully for its own sake and not just as an appendix to Harrington's text.
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