Political Theory Workshop with Claudia Moatti
DateApril 24, 2015
4357 Bunche Hall
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Presenter:Claudia Moatti, USC and Université Paris VIIIRespondent:Anthony Pagden, UCLATitle: “Saving the City: Roman Ideas on the Permanence of the ‘Public Thing’”Abstract:At the end of the Roman Republic, the issue of the permanence of the “public thing” is at the heart of the political struggle: “Save the city” (conservare civitatem or rem publicam) is the slogan of the senatorial elite. Under the Empire, the expression is visible on coins and stones, in many forms (re publica conservata, ob cives servatos, etc.). What is exactly meant by “saving”? How to ensure the permanence of a people or a city, when everything dies on earth? The question of the continuity and identity of a thing through time is an old philosophical issue; in Rome it is addressed in legal literature, as well as in philosophical treatises and in political speeches. In this paper, I will discuss some sources, with an emphasis, in the second part, on the Dream of Scipio, a section of Cicero’s “De Republica,” which offers an original response to our questions and reveals the co-existence in that time of conflicting definitions of res publica.Paper:Click here to download.
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