Erdemli for In ancient Rome, justice remained a central concern of political thought. The most important thing for theorists and philosophers to understand, Cicero insists, is that human beings are born for justice. For Cicero, justice is not grounded in opinion but in nature. Of all the obligations assumed by political leaders, he states, the most important is to provide justice. The importance of justice for theorists and philosophers was further underlined by the decline of the Roman Empire. Remove justice, St. Augustine writes after observing the sack of Rome by the Goths, and what are kingdoms but gangs of criminals on a large scale. Erdemli 2016.