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A. Definition

In humanitas as ‘humanity’ the following features emerge: 1. philanthropic respect, especially compassion (misericordia), 2. intelligent and tactful affability (urbanitas), 3. feeling for natural human solidarity (sensus humanitatis), 4. cultured humanity (eruditio, doctrina), 5. civilization (cultus). As early as Cicero's oration, Pro Sex. Roscio (84 BC) almost all shades of these can be found.

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Storch, Helmut (Tübingen), “Humanitas”, 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 23 May 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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