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Published: 15 March 2018

432 Pages


ISBN: 9780190879532

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Crisis and Constitutionalism

Roman Political Thought from the Fall of the Republic to the Age of Revolution

Benjamin Straumann

  • Pays attention to the highly juridical and legalized language used by the protagonists of the struggles of the late Republic
  • Seriously considers the constitutional nature of the arguments made by all sides of the struggles and civil wars accompanying the Republic's collapse
  • Offers a new perspective on the intellectual history of the late Roman Republic itself, and opens a gap between Roman and Greek political thought
  • Shows that "classical republicanism" is not a coherent concept and that the civil wars and crises of the late Roman Republic spawned a tradition of political thought, from Cicero to Bodin, Montesquieu and the American Founders, that saw constitutionalism, not virtue, as the remedy to the Republic's fate