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Description - Human Rights in Ancient Rome by Richard A. Bauman

Human rights is at the forefront of contemporary thinking, but the extensive literature on the subject focuses on human rights in today's world and pays little or no attention to the contributions of classical antiquity. This book provides the modern concept of human rights with a pedigree and uncovers its roots. After an introductory chapter on human rights in ancient Greece, Richard A. Bauman provides a detailed exposition of the Roman position of the Republic and the Principate. The first Roman experiments centre largely on the turn of the 3rd century BC. In the 2nd century this leads into the all-important concept of humanitas Romana. The Late Republic is dominated by Cicero, with special reference to universalism, avoidance of the death penalty, humanitas as a canon of legal interpretation, and curbs on the ill-treatment of non-Romans. A new image of humanitas in the Principate is mainly fuelled by Seneca. His contribution to human rights covers clemency, updated curbs on the ill-treatment of non-Romans, universalism, freedom of speech and social welfare. Finally Richard A. Bauman explores the dark side of human rights - genocide, slavery, racial prejudice and the Roman games. Human Rights in Ancient Rome offers the first systematic coverage of human rights in ancient Rome, with some attention to ancient Greece and comparisons between the ancient and modern theory and application of human rights.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415173209
ISBN-10: 0415173205
Format: Hardback
(216mm x 138mm x 25mm)
Pages: 208
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 21-Oct-1999
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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