Volusius [Maecianus ] reports that the Emperor Antoninus [Pius], responding to a petition about a shipwreck, replies,
“I am indeed the Lord of the World, but the Law is the law of the Sea; and this affair must be settled by the Rhodian Law adopted with reference to maritime questions, provided no enactment of ours is opposed to it”
- quoted in Gerard J. Mangone, ‘Introduction’ to his United States Admiralty Law, Martinus Nijhoff Publishers (1997) p.4
– Mangone’s book contains a typographical error here, having ‘Maemanus’ for .Maecianus. For more on Volusius and his environment see Ewen Bowie, ‘Libraries
of for the Caesars’ in Jason König, Greg Woolf, Ancient Libraries, CUP (2013) pp.237-260.
Postscript. Ewen Bowie’s chapter can be read online as a pdf through University Publishing online, if you are willing to register.