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date: 10 December 2019

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This chapter explores the reception of ancient law and legal thinking by early modern scholarship on international law, by authors such as Alberico Gentili and Hugo Grotius, who were mainly responsible for the first stage of the reception, and later scholars such as Samuel Pufendorf, Cornelius van Bynkershoek, and Christian Wolff. First, it examines the general influence of classical culture in the emerging international law scholarship. It considers the development of the concept of ius gentium in the Roman legal tradition and the use of the classical cultural and literary tradition. Second, it presents a selection of examples of ancient law transplants and their transformation through some of the classical works of early modern international law.

Keywords: classical culture, international law, ancient law, Alberico Gentili, Hugo Grotius, Samuel Pufendorf, ius gentium

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