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Crisis and Constitutionalism: Roman Political Thought from the Fall of the Republic to the Age of Revolution

Benjamin Straumann

Abstract

This unique study makes both a substantial contribution to our understanding of Roman political thought and a major contribution to the reception of Roman ideas about politics. The book reorients the discussion of the debt of early modern political thought from the familiar claims about republicanism and republican virtue to the rediscovery of a tradition of Roman constitutionalism. In the first part, we learn how a Roman concept of constitution emerged out of the crisis of the Republic. The emergency powers of the late Republic provoked Cicero and other contemporaries to turn an inchoate cons ... More

Keywords: Constitutionalism, Roman Republic, Rome, Cicero, republicanism, virtue, Bodin, Montesquieu, Federalist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199950928
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199950928.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Benjamin Straumann, author
Alberico Gentili Fellow, New York University School of Law