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A Jesuit Comedy On The Morality Of Soldiers

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In the late sixteenth century, Jacobus Pontanus wrote a comedy by the title ?Stratocles Sive Bellum". Pontanus taught Rhetoric and Humanities at Jesuit Universityof Dillingen and at Jesuit school at Angsburg. The play was revised several times by the author on the occasion of various productions. The concept of a 'just war' goes back to S.Augustine of Hippo. During 16th century, there were two prominent "just war" theorists in the Catholic church. The debate about the justification for war, harkening back to Aquinas and Augustine, was not the only important question. Suarez addressed the morality of soldiers. Ethical concerns acquired a higher level of urgency during the thirty years war, when mercenaries were under paid, starving and got no share of the spoils.

Keywords: Jesuit Comedy; Jacobus Pontanus; war; soldiers

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