* The author wishes to kindly thank Guus van Nifterik (University of Amsterdam) for his comments and suggestions, and Heta Björklund for her kind assistance and editorial prowess. Benjamin Straumann, Roman law in the state of nature. The classical foundations of Hugo Grotius’ natural law (translated by Belinda Cooper) (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2015), i–xvi: contents, preface, abbreviations, note on texts and translations; 1–257 pp. To state that the question concerning the sources employed by Grotius in De iure belli is a complicated one is a major understatement. However, the status and background of Grotius as a humanist automatically entails a preference of his to base crucial arguments in his works on ancient texts as such without the added commentary of later authors. Specifically, the core of the thought of Grotius arguably is formed where Greek philosophy, Roman law and Judeo-Christian theology coincide, that is in original and quasi-original sources from a specific time-period in Graeco-Roman Antiquity itself. There are various ways to test whether Grotius preferred ancient sources over more contemporary ones in his works, many of which are happily brought together in the volume under review here. 1 Perhaps the most pertinent central concept to Straumann’s
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