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Cicero's Law: Rethinking Roman Law of the Late Republic

Paul J. du Plessis

Abstract

Why did Roman prosecutors typically accuse the defendant of multiple crimina, when in most standing criminal courts the punishment imposed on a guilty defendant was the same (typically “capital,” that is, a kind of exile), no matter how many charges were proven? The answer lies not in a failure to distinguish between legal charges leveled at the defendant and defamation of his character, but rather in a rhetorical strategy that made sense in light of what was legally necessary to obtain a conviction. The greater the number of charges, the more likely the jurors would be persuaded that the defe ... More

Keywords: Chapter keywords: crimina, punishment, quaestiones, vita ante acta, formalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474408820
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474408820.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul J. du Plessis, editor
University of Edinburgh

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