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The poetic ocean in Mare Liberum

Jones, Stephanie (2011) The poetic ocean in Mare Liberum In, Ben-Dor, Oren (eds.) Law and Art: Justice, Ethics and Aesthetics. Abingdon, GB, Routledge pp. 188-203.

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This essay traces the effect of literary quotation in Hugo Grotius’s Mare Liberum (The Free Sea) (1609). It places this reading in the context of broader legal, political and historical debates over the entailments of this famous text, and particularly considers the impact of these inter-textualities on Grotius’s arguable secularism and debated imperialism. The essay suggests that Grotius’s deployment of lines and scenes from Roman poetry and drama—by Lucretius, Vergil, Seneca and Ovid— articulate an elliptical, residually-moral vision of the ocean that troubles his legal thesis on the freedom of the seas.

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Published date: 27 June 2011
Organisations: English, Law


Local EPrints ID: 157445
ISBN: 9780415560214
PURE UUID: 853ee719-68b2-49dd-bffd-abbb4324fe78

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Date deposited: 14 Jun 2010 08:51
Last modified: 03 Oct 2017 16:41

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