This book contains the mature fruit of Hugo Grotius' political thought on church and state. It was finished in 1617, but Grotius' arrest prevented publication.
For the first time Grotius' own Latin text is printed here, from two manuscripts. It is demonstrated that the claims made by the publisher of the first edition (1647), the source of all subsequent editions, are false.
The first critical edition is provided with an extensive introduction, an English translation, a commentary, and elaborate indices. In an appendix texts concerning its context and genesis are printed. An earlier draft of De imperio was recently discovered. All material from this unpublished work has been integrated here.
This fundamental, theoretical text, written for an international public, anticipates many views from later Grotian work. All volumes of the print edition are available in individual e-books: 9789004530898 (volume 1) - 9789004530911 (volume 2).
Harm-Jan van Dam, Ph.D. (1984) in Classics, Leiden University, is Assistant Professor of Latin at Amsterdam Free University. He has published on the first-century Latin poet Statius and his Silvae and on Hugo Grotius.
1. General Introduction
2. The process of writing De imperio
3. Sources for the text
5. Sources of De imperio
6. Editorial principles and plan of the edition
Text with Apparatus and Translation
I. Tractatus De iure magistratuum and English Translation
II. Documents concerning the writing of De imperio
III. Documents concerning the edition of De imperio
2. Classical, Patristic and Medieval Authors
3. Other Abbreviations
1. Works of Grotius
2. Contemporary literature before 1800
3. Literature after 1800
1. Index of Biblical references
2. Index of ancient and Medieval authors
3. Index of references to Grotius’ works
4. Index of names and subjects
Theologians, legal and other historians, and all those interested in the history of ideas, seventeenth-century history and the history of the Church.