phil wrote:My dictionary has the following entry for repeto:
repeto, -ere, -ivi, itum, to go back to, ..., res ~ demand satisfaction, reclaim one's property.
Wherefore it can be understood that no war is just unless either it is waged to regain one's property, or was threatened beforehand.
Notsure about the 'threatened beforehand ' bit though.
Ulpianus wrote:I would translate:
So a war cannot be considered just unless it is conducted after satisfaction has been demanded or it is preceded by an official declaration.
bellum gerere is idiomatic: to wage/conduct a war. I take "rebus repetitis" as ablative absolute: satisfaction having been demanded. The essence of the point is: You cannot launch a war without a warning: you must either give the enemy the opportunity to make amends voluntarily, or you must warn of the war in advance.
Does that work?
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