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International law in archaic Rome : war and religion

Author: Alan Watson
Publisher: Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1993.
Series: Ancient society and history.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"As the most successful conquerors of the ancient world - and arguably the most legalistic people ever - Romans found it necessary to obtain a judicial verdict before they were willing to declare war. But this practice was also tied to the Romans' extreme religiosity. A special class of priests oversaw the process of declaring war, calling on the gods themselves to decide whether the military cause was just." "In  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Treaties
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Watson, Alan.
International law in archaic Rome.
Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, ©1993
(OCoLC)607787596
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Alan Watson
ISBN: 0801845068 9780801845062
OCLC Number: 26052853
Description: xviii, 100 pages ; 23 cm.
Contents: 1. The Fetiales --
2. Testis, Witness: Testis, Judge --
3. Declarations of War --
4. Treaty Making --
5. Cautelary Jurisprudence and Judgments --
6. Breaches of Faith and Manipulation --
7. Surrender of an Enemy City --
8. Survival and Change --
9. War, Law, and Religion.
Series Title: Ancient society and history.
Responsibility: Alan Watson.
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Explores some of the apparent paradoxes in the Roman approach to international relations, as reflected in their religious conventions and laws of war. Watson examines the role of the "fetiales",  Read more...

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