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NCJ Number: 170218 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Law of Ancient Rome
Author(s): O F Robinson
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 220
Sponsoring Agency: Johns Hopkins University Press
Baltimore, MD 21218-4319
Publication Number: ISBN 0-8018-5318-4
Sale Source: Johns Hopkins University Press
Johns Hopkins University
2715 N. Charles Street
Baltimore, MD 21218-4319
United States of America
Type: Historical Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In the first book in English to focus on the substantive criminal law of ancient Rome, the author examines the framework within which criminal law operated around 81-82 B.C. and the nature of criminal responsibility.
Abstract: The author looks at the criminal law of Rome as it was established under Sulla's system of standing jury courts and discusses the framework of criminal procedures and criminal liability. She groups offenses functionally according to five categories: theft and related offenses, violence against the person, sexual offenses, offenses against the state, and offenses against good morals and public discipline. Theft offenses include rustling, pillaging inheritances, sacrilege, swindling, kidnapping, corruption of slaves, and forgery. Violent crimes include homicide, parricide, assault, castration, and circumcision. Sexual offenses involve incest, bigamy, adultery, homosexual practices, rape, and abduction. Offenses against the state encompass treason and abuses by magistrates, while offenses against good morals and public discipline involve dubious persons, status-related offenses, and offenses against religion. References and notes
Main Term(s): World criminology
Index Term(s): Crime in foreign countries; Criminal law; Criminal procedures; Criminal responsibility; Foreign laws; History of criminal justice; Public order offenses; Sex offenses; Theft offenses; Violent crimes
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