'A DWELLING BEYOND VIOLENCE': ON THE USES AND DISADVANTAGES OF HISTORY FOR CONTEMPORARY REPUBLICANS

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Against the dominant trend in contemporary republicanism, which views Roman political theory as providing significant resources to contemporary emancipatory projects, this article reads the Roman legal and political theoretical tradition as revealing above all the capacity of Republican resources to be coopted in support of monarchic domination. It does so by tracing changes in doctrines of liberty, popular sovereignty, magistracy and majoritarianism from the period of the free Republic into the Principate and thence into the Justinianic codifications, as well as their reception in twelfth- and thirteenth-century Italy. Along the way it urges a more nuanced view of the sources of the Republican tradition: an awareness both of when specific sources on Rome became available to late medieval and early modern thinkers and of the imperial origins of the major sources available before the sixteenth century

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Dept of Classics, Unviersity of Chicago, 1115 East 58th Street, Chicago, IL 60637, USA., Email: clifford.ando@uchicago.edu

Publication date: January 1, 2010

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