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The Roman tradition and the rebirth of public powers in Europe

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  • UserSpyridon Flogaitis, Visiting Professor, Wolfson College; Arthur Goodhart Visiting Professor of Legal Science (Lent and Easter Terms 2013)
  • ClockWednesday 14 May 2014, 13:00-14:00
  • HouseCombination Room, Wolfson College.

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The formation of States started in the 14th century, mainly because the powers of the time had to get organized in order to address the needs of the wars among them. They were created around a powerful public administration which gradually became the spine of the states and the best servant of the princes, with the exception of England, where centralization was the result of the action of the judges and the Rule of Law.

The question is where the ingredients of the concept of the state and especially the idea of a strong public administration come from. They come from the late Roman Empire of Constantinople which was characterized by the introduction of the ministerial system and the development of a well organized public administration, and radiated civilization for more than a thousand years in Europe promoting the idea of res publica to the new nations through diplomacy, influences, wars, Christianity, weddings, and the crusades, the most massive cross-fertilization process of the times.

This talk is part of the Wolfson College Lunchtime Seminar Series - Wednesdays of Full Term series.

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