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In this classic work, now appearing in English for the first time, Claudia Moatti analyses the intellectual transformation that occurred at the end of the Roman Republic in response both to the political crisis and to the city's expansion across the Mediterranean. This was a period of great cultural dynamism and creativity when Roman intellectuals, most notably Cicero and Varro, began to explore all areas of life and knowledge and to apply critical thinking to the reassessment of tradition and the development of a systematic new understanding of the Roman past and present. This movement, linked to the development of writing, challenged old forms of authority and adhesion, belief and behaviour, without destroying tradition; and for this reason this rational trend can be described not as a cultural but as an epistemological revolution whose greatest achievement, Professor Moatti argues, was the development of the system of Roman law.Read more
- Classic work now available for the first time in English, with a new introduction by the author and a foreword by Malcolm Schofield
- Proposes a new and dynamic analysis of the intellectual changes that occurred at the end of the Republic which emphasises the common features of the application of reason, the development of writing, the critique of traditions and authority, and the construction of a Roman identity
- Provides a good example of an epistemological revolution and an analysis of the distinction between different forms of thinking (logical, topical, and deductive)
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- Date Published: September 2015
- format: Hardback
- isbn: 9780521895781
- length: 410 pages
- dimensions: 236 x 162 x 25 mm
- weight: 0.73kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
Foreword Malcolm Schofield
Introduction to the English edition
Roman culture in movement
1. Crises and questionings
2. Opening up the world: the birth of curiosity
3. From disarray to erudition
4. The experience of thought
5. A discourse on the method, or the spirit of forms
6. The construction of Roman universality
7. Conclusion: the territories of reason.
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