The Wars of the Romans: A Critical Edition and Translation of De Armis Romanis

Hardcover | April 3, 2011

byAlberico GentiliEditorBenedict Kingsbury, Benjamin Straumann

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Was the Roman Empire just? Did Rome acquire her territories through just wars, and did Rome's rule exert a civilizing effect, ultimately beneficial for its subjects? Or was Roman imperialism a massive injustice - the bellicose conquest and absorption of countless peoples and large swaths ofterritory under false pretences, driven by greed and a lust for domination and glory? In The Wars of the Romans (1599), the important Italian jurist and Regius Professor of Civil Law at Oxford University Alberico Gentili (1552-1608) argues both sides of the debate. In the first book he lays out thecase against the justice of the Roman Empire, and in the second book the case for.Gentili's polemic and highly engaging work helped pioneer the use of Roman law and just war theory in what became a leading international law approach to the enduring questions of the justice of empire. Writing in the wake of the first wave of European colonial expansion in the Americas, andrelying on models of the controversy about Roman imperialism from Cicero to Lactantius and Augustine, Gentili developed the arguments which were to become pivotal in normative debates concerning imperialism. In this work Gentili, a consummate Roman law scholar, frames the moral and practical issuesin a combination of Roman legal terminology and the language of natural law, a combination which was to prove highly influential in the literature from Grotius onward on natural law, the law of nations and what eventually became international law.

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Was the Roman Empire just? Did Rome acquire her territories through just wars, and did Rome's rule exert a civilizing effect, ultimately beneficial for its subjects? Or was Roman imperialism a massive injustice - the bellicose conquest and absorption of countless peoples and large swaths ofterritory under false pretences, driven by gre...

Benedict Kingsbury is Murry and Ida Becker Professor of Law at New York University. He specialises in the history and theory of international law, his chief publications in the field including Hugo Grotius and International Relations (OUP, 1990, with Hedley Bull and Adam Roberts) and United Nations, Divided World (OUP, 1993, with Ada...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:408 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:April 3, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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IntroductionTranslator's IntroductionBook 1Indictment of the Injustice of the Romans in WarfareBook 2Defense of the Justice of the Romans in WarfareAppendixGentili's Dedicatory Epistle to Essex, in De iniustitia bellica Romanorum actio, Oxonii, Excudebat Iosephus Barnesius, 1590