In Niccolo Machiavelli's The Prince, how does the author's choice of examples reflect the humanist cultural ideas of the Renaissance?

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Numerous commentators have noted that Machiavelli was a modernist political thinker in that he rejected universal principles of morality and ethics to posit a form of statecraft based on exigency and contingency. Even the Catholic Church was explored only as a political institution in a work that was essentially secular. This secularism was, to some extent, associated with the humanism prevalent in Machiavelli's time, one which made "man the measure of all things." But humanism was essentially marked by a reexamination of classical texts, which, it was argued, held valuable lessons...

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