The Criminal Law Of Ancient Rome / Edition 1

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Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A. 2001 Soft Cover New 6 x 9. Examines the criminal justice systems of Ancient Rome: the types and categories of offences, the penalties, citations from ... the legal texts, and examples taken from Cicero, Tacitus and other literary authors. With Notes and Glossary. Read more Show Less

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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.

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Classical Journal
This is a short book for Roman lawyers in a hurry, with punchy chapters outlining the various criminal offenses that the Roman law recognized. The point of the book is chiefly to outline what the law was; procedure and punishment are dealt with summarily. The substantive law is reconstructed by economically leavening material from books forty-seven and -eight of the Digest with other legal and literary evidence.

— J. E. Lendon

Bryn Mawr Classical Review
Robinson's book is most welcome.
Law and Social Inquiry
Robinson discusses the framework within which the law operated and the nature of criminal responsibility. She looks particularly at the criminal law in Rome as it was established in the Late Republic under Sulla's system of standing jury-courts.
Classical Journal - J. E. Lendon
This is a short book for Roman lawyers in a hurry, with punchy chapters outlining the various criminal offenses that the Roman law recognized. The point of the book is chiefly to outline what the law was; procedure and punishment are dealt with summarily. The substantive law is reconstructed by economically leavening material from books forty-seven and -eight of the Digest with other legal and literary evidence.
Bryn Mawr Classical Review
Robinson's book is most welcome.
J. E. Lendon
This is a short book for Roman lawyers in a hurry,with punchy chapters outlining the various criminal offenses that the Roman law recognized. The point of the book is chiefly to outline what the law was; procedure and punishment are dealt with summarily. The substantive law is reconstructed by economically leavening material from books forty-seven and -eight of the Digest with other legal and literary evidence.
Classical Journal
Law and Social Inquiry
Robinson discusses the framework within which the law operated and the nature of criminal responsibility. She looks particularly at the criminal law in Rome as it was established in the Late Republic under Sulla's system of standing jury-courts.
Booknews
Muggings on the street, theft at the public bath, graft and embezzlement by public officials, assassination plots, subversive ideas, were all feared by the citizens of Rome, who sought protection in criminal law. Robinson (law, U. of Glasgow) focuses on Sulla's establishment of standing jury courts during his dictatorship in 82-81 B.C., but also considers other periods of the Empire to show how the government dealt with crimes committed for gain, crimes involving violence, sexual offenses, offenses against the state, and offenses against public order. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801867576
  • Publisher: Hopkins Fulfillment Service
  • Publication date: 12/19/1995
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Meet the Author

O. F. Robinson is a reader in law at the University of Glasgow. Her books include Ancient Rome: City Planning and Administration and European Legal History.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface
I The Framework of Criminal Procedure 1
II Criminal Liability 15
III Theft and Related Offences 23
IV Violence against the Person 41
V Sexual Offences 54
VI Offences against the State 74
VII Other Offences: Against Good Morals or Public Discipline 90
Notes 105
Glossary of Technical Terms 157
Bibliography 161
Index of Sources 183
General Index 205
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2007

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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.

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