The Legacy of Republican Patriotism

Maurizio Viroli

in For Love of Country

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780198293583
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191600289 | DOI:
 The Legacy of Republican Patriotism

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Surveys the conception of republican patriotism from Classical Greece and Rome to the civic humanism of the fifteenth century Italian city‐republics. In the classical Roman tradition, the love of the patria was a sense of compassion as overcoming private selfishness to respect the common good. Later, medieval thinkers like Aquinas and Ptolemy of Lucca combined patriotism with the theological virtue of charity. For Machiavelli, who admired Roman republicanism, patriotism is the source of honour and glory for the citizens, as well as of law and order, which maintains the liberty of the people.

Keywords: Aquinas; charity; citizens; common good; compassion; liberty; Machiavelli; patria; republicanism; Rome

Chapter.  9309 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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