Mare Nostrum

Disciplines: Latin, Political Science

Navigable waters that are under the jurisdiction of one or a limited number of states.

Romans referred to the Mediterranean Sea as "mare nostrum".

Benito Mussolini also referred to the Mediterranian Sea as "mare nostrum"

The verbatim translation of the phrase is "our sea", which reflected his view of Italy as the successor state to the Roman Empire, and the expansionist policies of Italian nationalism.


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