Chapter in The War of the Romans: A Critical Edition and Translation of De Armis Romanis (Kingsbury & Straumann eds. 2011)

Introduction: Roman Wars and Roman Laws

Benedict Kingsbury & Benjamin Straumann

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How can questions concerning imperial expansion be addressed from the perspective of justice? To what extent does law provide a satisfactory way of making assessments of the justice or rectitude of imperial wars, imperial conquests, and governance within a far-flung empire? How does the law concerning relations within and between empires overlap or differ from the law concerning interstate relations? To what extent are specific practices and legal principles of the Roman empire instantiations of arguments about universal moral principles of justice in imperial and interstate relations applicable also to other contexts?