Murder Was Not a Crime: Homicide and Power in the Roman by Judy E. Gaughan

By Judy E. Gaughan

Embarking on a different research of Roman legal legislations, Judy Gaughan has constructed a singular figuring out of the character of social and political energy dynamics in republican govt. Revealing the numerous courting among political strength and attitudes towards murder within the Roman republic, Murder used to be now not a Crime describes a criminal procedure by which households (rather than the govt.) got the ability to mete out punishment for murder.

With implications which may regulate the main basic ideals concerning the Roman republic, Gaughan's examine continues that Roman legal legislation didn't include a selected enactment opposed to homicide, even though it had performed so ahead of the overthrow of the monarchy. whereas kings felt an vital to carry monopoly over the facility to kill, Gaughan argues, the republic part ushered in a kind of decentralized executive that didn't see itself as susceptible to problem through an act of homicide. And the facility possessed by way of person households ensured that the govt. wouldn't reach the accountability for punishing homicidal violence.

Drawing on surviving Roman legislation and literary resources, Murder used to be now not a Crime additionally explores the dictator Sulla's "murder law," arguing that it lacked any govt thought of homicide and used to be as a substitute easily a set of prior statutes repressing poisoning, arson, and the wearing of guns. Reinterpreting a spectrum of situations, Gaughan makes new differences among the paternal head of loved ones and his energy over lifestyles and dying, as opposed to the ability of consuls and praetors to command and kill.

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