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What was crime in ancient Rome? Was it defined by law or social attitudes? How did damage to the individual differ from offences against the community as a whole? This book explores competing legal and extra-legal discourses in a number of areas, including theft, official malpractice, treason, sexual misconduct, crimes of violence, homicide, magic and perceptions of deviance. It argues that court practice was responsive to social change, despite the ingrained conservatism of the legal tradition, and that judges and litigants were in part responsible for the harsher operation of justice in Late Antiquity. Consideration is also given to how attitudes to crime were shaped not only by legal experts but also by the rhetorical education and practices of advocates, and by popular and even elite indifference to the finer points of law.Read more
- Short, accessible guide to Roman criminal law in its social and historical setting
- Discusses ancient legal and social debates on sex, violence, murder and magic
- Multidisciplinary approach means this will also appeal to legal historians and students of the history of crime
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"Anyone interested in Roman law will be able to draw something from this book. It is not for the complete novice to the Roman world, as some background in Roman history and government is required, but readers new to Roman law will find this a useful introduction to several aspects of Rome's legal system and its legislation." --New England Classical Journal
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- Date Published: December 2007
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521535328
- length: 160 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 9 mm
- weight: 0.26kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Competing discourses
2. Public process and the legal tradition
4. The thief in the night
5. Controlling elites I: Ambitus and Repetundae
6. Controlling elites II: Maiestas
7. Sex and the city
8. Remedies for violence
9. Representations of murder.
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