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Title: Individualism in Roman society 200 BC-AD 212 : a study of the person, personal rights and law in the light of modern political theory
Author: Mason, Nils A. B.
ISNI:       0000 0001 3620 7773
Awarding Body: Manchester University
Current Institution: University of Manchester
Date of Award: 2008
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The primary aim of this thesis is to address the question of whether the individual or the state was considered more important in Ancient Roman society, In the introduction I present two arguments that claim that the State came first. The first line of argument suggests that Roman custom and mores created a climate in which the individual counted for ahnost nothing and was shackled to the state by ideal of duty. This proposition, which was developed between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, has never been properly addressed by modem writers, yet its premises still have an effect on modem analyses of Roman society. The second argument is more current and looks purely at Graeco-Roman philosophy to suggest that notions of duty were of paramount importance and that society was considered more important than the individual.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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