The Criminal Law of Ancient Rome / Edition 1

The Criminal Law of Ancient Rome / Edition 1

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by Olivia F. Robinson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0801867576

ISBN-13: 9780801867576

Pub. Date: 12/19/1995

Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press

Although the Romans lived in a society very different from ours, they were like us in fearing crime and in hoping to control it by means of the law. Ordinary citizens wanted protection from muggers in the streets or thieves at the public baths. They demanded laws to punish officials who abused power or embezzled public monies. Even emperors, who feared plotters and

Overview

Although the Romans lived in a society very different from ours, they were like us in fearing crime and in hoping to control it by means of the law. Ordinary citizens wanted protection from muggers in the streets or thieves at the public baths. They demanded laws to punish officials who abused power or embezzled public monies. Even emperors, who feared plotters and wanted to repress subversive ideas and doctrines, looked to the law for protection.

In the first book in English to focus on the substantive criminal law of ancient Rome, O. F. Robinson offers a lively study of an essential aspect of Roman life and identity. Robinson begins with a discussion of the framework within which the law operated and the nature of criminal responsibility. She looks at the criminal law of Rome as it was established in the late Republic under Sulla's system of standing jury-courts. Grouping offenses functionally into five chapters, she examines crimes committed for gain, crimes involving violence, sexual offenses, offenses against the state, and offenses against the due ordering of society.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801867576
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/19/1995
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
214
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Prefaceix
I.The Framework of Criminal Procedure1
The system of the quaestiones perpetuae2
Procedure in the quaestiones perpetuae3
The coming of the Empire6
The emperor's jurisdiction9
The Dominate11
II.Criminal Liability15
Domestic jurisdiction15
There must be a guilty party16
The actus reus and attempted crimes17
Accomplices19
Defences and pleas in mitigation20
Prescription of criminal liability21
III.Theft and Related Offences23
Theft23
Particular forms of theft25
Abigeatus or rustling25
Expilatores, effractores, cut-purses, etc.27
Reset and harbouring28
Vis and rapina28
Offences related to theft30
Pillaging inheritances30
Sacrilege31
Swindling (stellionatus)32
Kidnapping (plagium) and the lex Fabia32
Corruption of a slave35
Wrecking, fire-raising, etc.35
Forgery36
Miscellaneous offences39
IV.Violence against the Person41
Homicide41
Parricide46
Vis as assault48
Iniuria or outrage49
Castration and circumcision51
V.Sexual Offences54
Incest54
Bigamy57
Adultery and stuprum58
The Republican state of affairs58
The basis of Augustus' legislation58
Jurisdiction59
Definitions59
Ius occidendi60
Accusations61
Interrogation of slaves and procedural rules64
Penalties66
Lenocinium67
Prostitution69
Homosexual practices70
Rape and abduction71
VI.Offences against the State74
Treason74
Sedition78
Collegia80
Abuses by magistrates81
Vis publica81
Res repetundae81
Peculatus and de residuis; sacrilege83
Ambitus84
Forgery: the counterfeiting of money86
Offences against the annona89
VII.Other Offences: Against Good Morals or Public Discipline90
Offences against bonos mores90
Offences concerning expenditure and income90
Dubious persons: gamblers, philosophers, etc.91
Offences concerned with status94
Offences against religion95
Pagan repression95
The Jews97
Christian repression98
Procedural offences99
Administrative offences103
Notes105
Glossary of Technical Terms157
Bibliography161
Index of Sources183
General Index205

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Once again, Robinson delivers a concise, yet well-fleshed work on the convoluted subject of Roman law. Most major topics are covered, some treated better than others, but overall, a must read for anyone interested in ancient law.