The great days of Crete lie thus beyond the historic period.
And so it is with the purpose of historic characters and nations.
In actual life each historic event, each human action, is very clearly and definitely understood without any sense of contradiction, although each event presents itself as partly free and partly compulsory.
It appears so to us because we see only the general historic interest of that time and do not see all the personal human interests that people had.
Vico may have derived from Grotius the idea of natural law; but his discovery of the historic evolution of law was first suggested to him by his study of Roman law.