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Jul 21, 2020

Benjamin Straumann is Research Professor of Classics at New York University and Alberico Gentili Senior Fellow at New York University School of Law. A historian of ideas, he is chiefly interested in classical political and legal thought, the history of natural and international law, constitutionalism, and the reception of classical political thought and Roman law in early-modern Europe. Benjamin is the author of Crisis and Constitutionalism: Roman Political Thought from the Fall of the Republic to the Age of Revolution (Oxford University Press, 2016); Roman Law in the State of Nature: The Classical Foundations of Hugo Grotius' Natural Law (Cambridge University Press, 2015); and editor, with Benedict Kingsbury, of Alberico Gentili, The Wars of the Romans: A Critical Edition and Translation of De armis Romanis, (translated by David Lupher, Oxford University Press, 2011). He co-edits the book series History and Theory of International Law for Oxford University Press. He also co-edits the first volume on the classical world of the five-volume Cambridge History of Rights.

We discuss his recently published article titled, "Leaving the State of Nature: Polybius on Resentment and the Emergence of Morals and Political Order" (Polis: The Journal for Ancient Greek and Roman Political Thought, 2020).