By Andrew M. Riggsby
In the past due Roman Republic, acts of wrongdoing opposed to members have been prosecuted in deepest courts, whereas the iudicia publica (literally "public courts") attempted instances that concerned damage to the group as a complete. during this publication, Andrew M. Riggsby completely investigates the categories of circumstances heard by means of the general public courts to supply a provocative new knowing of what has been defined as "crime" within the Roman Republic and to light up the inherently political nature of the Roman public courts.
Through the lens of Cicero's forensic oratory, Riggsby examines the 4 significant public offenses: ambitus (bribery of the electorate), de sicariis et veneficiis (murder), vis (riot), and repetundae (extortion through provincial administrators). He persuasively argues that every of those offenses consists of a contravention of the right kind kin among the kingdom and the folk, as interpreted by way of orators and juries. He concludes that during the past due Roman Republic the single crimes have been political crimes.
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