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Grotius, Hugo (1583–1645)
Hugo Grotius (Dutch: de Groot) was born in Delft in Holland. His lasting fame is due to his De jure belli ac pacis libri tres (Three books on the law of war and peace) first published in Paris in 1625. It is commonly regarded as the founding text in the development of international law. Grotius also made significant contributions to neo-Latin poetry, classical philology, historiography, and theology. From his earliest years, Grotius showed remarkable gifts. Enrolled in the University of Leiden in 1594, he studied humanities and law under some of the most eminent men of learning of that era, graduating at the age of 15 in 1598. In that year, he was a member of a delegation from the seven United Provinces of the Netherlands on a state visit to France. As a lawyer, he quickly gained high esteem, and in 1599, he was admitted to the Bar in ...