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In the course of reaching its substantive conclusions, this article seeks to shed light on the theoretical and methodological requisites of a valid and fruitful application of literary sources in jurisprudence.

The article begins by explicating the original literary image of the pursuit of the hunt interrupted, within its thematic setting in Aeschylus. It then offers theoretical and methodological postulates for drawing out the fuller meaning for law and legal studies of the image. It explores variations on the same pattern of imagery in subsequent works of Western literature, and offers reflections on how these variations can enrich our understanding of the nature and meaning of law.

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