The Roman censors in the renaissance political imagination
Abstract:Between about 1500 and 1620, the Roman censors were repeatedly invoked as a useful political model. Besides being discussed by antiquarians and political theorists, they were actually imitated in early sixteenth-century Venice, and figured in polemics over office-holding in early seventeenth-century France. This episode throws an interesting light on civic humanism. The censors were generally seen not as a means of creating the virtuous citizen body of classical republicanism, but as a supplement to the modern legal system, capable of creating a capable and honest class of magistrates. A few theorists even suggested that they might be adapted to promote purely economic efficiency.
Keywords: Antoine de Montchrestien; Bernard de la Roche Flavin; Carlo Sigonio; Census; Charles Loyseau; Domenico Morosini; Donato Giannotti; France; History of classical scholarship; Jean Bodin; Johannes Althusius; Magistrates; Marino Sanute; Republicanism; Roman Republic; Rome; Venice
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: School of Liberal Studies, Roosevelt University, 430 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60605, USA.. Email: email@example.com
Publication date: 2001-04-01