[Still on international legal relations in Francesco De Martino’s works] This article aims to be conducive to the appreciation of Francesco De Martino’s studies on international legal relations in ancient Rome. Many scholars, particularly in the recent past, have rightly underlined the importance and variety of De Martino’s analyses of the concept of peace and the eminent role of war, used mainly as a means of revenge. Other aspects of his studies are worth taking into consideration, specially in regard with the legal protection of foreigners, which, according to the Neapolitan law professor, was inspired by the concept of fides. Despite the fact that not all of these aspects are shared among scholars, there is not doubt that they provide essential support to the continuation of research into interstate relations in ancient times and into the development of the ius gentium.
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