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.
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.
A deed done is irrevocable, and its result coinciding in time with the actions of millions of other men assumes an historic significance.