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By Andrew M. Riggsby

In the past due Roman Republic, acts of wrongdoing opposed to contributors have been prosecuted in deepest courts, whereas the iudicia publica (literally "public courts") attempted circumstances that concerned damage to the neighborhood as an entire. during this publication, Andrew M. Riggsby completely investigates the categories of circumstances heard through the general public courts to supply a provocative new figuring out 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 by way of provincial administrators). He persuasively argues that every of those offenses includes a contravention of the correct relatives among the kingdom and the folk, as interpreted via orators and juries. He concludes that during the overdue Roman Republic the single crimes have been political crimes.

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