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Justice
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A. Antiquity (CT)

The history of the Western concept of justice has been shaped by Greek philosophy, Roman jurisprudence and the Judaeo-Christian religion [1. 5].

While Thucydides (ca. 460-400 BC) sees justice as a function of power (History of the Peloponnesian War 1, 91), Sophocles (497-407 BC) questions any law that depends solely on power, asserting that the force of authority does not constit…

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Senn, Marcel (Zürich RWG) and Merle, Jean-Christophe (Tübingen RWG), “Justice”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 18 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1401450>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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