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By Walter Ullmann

The aim of this booklet is to place sooner than the scholar of politics and the overall reader an total conspectus of the resources from which political principles took their foundation. the writer, who's an said overseas authority at the topic and who over decades of in depth study has received an intimate familiarity with the fabric, makes his specialized wisdom to be had to the non-specialist. The ebook traverses floor that's almost uncultivated, and it does so in a thrilling manner - by means of taking the reader into the chanceries of governments, of public organs and functionaries, and into the lecture halls of the good students within the universities. It indicates upon what presuppositions publicists, litterateurs, govt advisers, students and discovered writers have proceeded to reach at their political beliefs. This variegated mass of fabric is the following comprehensively provided.

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The instance in PG 20 n. 1. g. St Paul, I Cor. 2,14; II Cor. 5,17; Gal. 5, 24 and 6,15; Col. 2,12; Tit. 3, 5. 3 Rom. 6, 4. 4 Lactantius: informative account in DAC VIII, ioi8fF; DTC VIII, 24258*; LTKVI, 726S; cf. J. Speigl, 'Zum Kirchenbegriffdes Laktanz' in RQ 65 (1970) i5fF; Jerome: DTC VIII, 8o4fF; Ambrose: RAC I, 3656°. 5 Of vital significance was the Pseudo-Clementine Letter transl. from the Greek into Latin in the early years of the 5th cent. Ed. B. Rehm, Die Pseudoklementinen (1952) with Greek and Latin texts.

That this was a constructive device to soothe troubled juristic consciences seems evident, but the explanation served its purpose well enough. In the medieval period, when the Roman law became the subject of scholarly analysis, this lex regia played a very great role and in the hands of the scholars became a major instrument with which to restrict monarchic powers. The power which the Roman people had originally possessed was the imperium (which had obviously nothing to do with an 'empire'); it was the sum-total of unappealable governmental, that is, jurisdictional power which served to fix and formulate binding rules in the shape of the law.

Only). In regard to the early Christians and their attitude towards the emperor see A. Harnack, 'Der Vorwurf des Atheismus in den ersten drei Jahrhunderten* in TU 28 (1905), fasc. 4; cf. also Th. Mommsen, Romisches Strafrecht (1899) 575fF. 1 Cf. J. Gaudement, Uiglise dans Vempire romain (1959); SHP 5, 7, 23, 29ft About the incorporation of the Church see A. Ehrhardt in SavZ. RA 70 (1953) 2996; 71 (1954) 25fF; cf. , 'Konstantins Religionspolitik & Gesetzgebung* ibid. 72 (1955) i27fF. 36 Introduction subsequent ages.

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