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Libertas and the practice of politics in the late Roman Republic /
Valentina Arena.
imprint
Cambridge, [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
description
ix, 324 p.
ISBN
1107028175 (hardback), 9781107028173 (hardback)
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imprint
Cambridge, [England] ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2012.
isbn
1107028175 (hardback)
9781107028173 (hardback)
contents note
Machine generated contents note: 1. Roman libertas; 2. The liberty of the citizens; 3. The liberty of the commonwealth; 4. Political debates; 5. Political response: a matter of dominatio; Epilogue.
abstract
"This is a comprehensive analysis of the idea of libertas and its conflicting uses in the political struggles of the late Roman Republic. By reconstructing Roman political thinking about liberty against the background of Classical and Hellenistic thought, it excavates two distinct intellectual traditions on the means allowing for the preservation and the loss of libertas. Considering the interplay of these traditions in the political debates of the first century BC, Dr Arena offers a significant reinterpretation of the political struggles of the time as well as a radical reappraisal of the role played by the idea of liberty in the practice of politics. She argues that, as a result of its uses in rhetorical debates, libertas underwent a form of conceptual change at the end of the Republic and came to legitimize a new course of politics, which led progressively to the transformation of the whole political system"--
catalogue key
8806795
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 277-311) and index.
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New study of the conflicting uses of libertas in the political struggles of the late Roman Republic. By reconstructing Roman political thought and reviewing the debates over specific policies, it shows the causal relation between the idea of libertas and the practice of politics of the late Republic.
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A new study of the conflicting uses of libertas in the political struggles of the late Roman Republic. By reconstructing Roman political thought and reviewing the debates over specific policies, it shows the causal relation between the idea of libertas and the practice of politics of the late Republic.
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This is a comprehensive analysis of the idea of libertas and its conflicting uses in the political struggles of the late Roman Republic. By reconstructing Roman political thinking about liberty against the background of Classical and Hellenistic thought, it excavates two distinct intellectual traditions on the means allowing for the preservation and the loss of libertas. Considering the interplay of these traditions in the political debates of the first century BC, Dr Arena offers a significant reinterpretation of the political struggles of the time as well as a radical reappraisal of the role played by the idea of liberty in the practice of politics. She argues that, as a result of its uses in rhetorical debates, libertas underwent a form of conceptual change at the end of the Republic and came to legitimise a new course of politics, which led progressively to the transformation of the whole political system.
Table of Contents
Roman libertas
The liberty of the citizens
The liberty of the commonwealth
Political debates
Political response: a matter of dominatio
Epilogue
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