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Wirszubski, Libertas as a Political Idea at Rome during the late Republic and Early Principate, Cambridge University Press, 1950. 2 Op. , p. 5. SOME ASPECTS OF THE HISTORY OF FREEDOM 23 They began to think of it as being composed of the basic rights of citizenship. They did not use the word "libertas" to name the whole range of positive civil rights, because these were not evenly distributed, with some citizens having so obviously a larger share of them than others; but the central and indispensable rights which any man had to have in order to be a citizen at all were understood as constituting freedom or libertas.
480. 20 Discorsi, III, 29; Opere, p. 431. 21 L'Asino D'Oro, Chapter 8; Opere, I, p. 848. Translation by A. H. Works, 3 vols; Durham, North Carolina, 1965, II, 772. 42 DANTE GERMINO Man is, then, in some measure a pathetic animal, more to be pitied than censored. He is brought into the world at odds with himself and incapable without external support of fashioning his deliverance. Being born "without protection" he is in need of a shell of security. , the well-ordered state - his constructive and cooperative impulses cannot take root and flourish; with it he is capable of achieving a degree of nobility.
It would appear that primordially these passions incline him to hostility and anti-social behavior toward other human beings. Following Guido Dorso, we may label these impulses the "agonistic" passions. 12 Man's agonistic reaction is rooted in the fact that the human condition is one of scarcity and deprivation relative to the desires of men. For man is not only a desiring animal; he is an infinitely desiring animal. "13 "Enmity" Letter to Soderini, Opere, p. 781. Cf. my discussion of Dorso's psychology in Beyond Ideology, New York, 1967, pp.