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PRÁVNĚHISTORICKÉ STUDIE, Vol 50 No 1 (2020), 37–46

The False Charge – A Form of Violence?

[The False Charge – A Form of Violence?]

Elżbieta Loska

published online: 09. 04. 2020


Laws in ancient Rome concerning the use of vis stated what was considered violence and how it was penalized. The most interesting among them were the lex Cornelia de sicariis et veneficis and two Augustan laws: the lex Iulia de vi publica and the lex Iulia de vi privata. They allow to assume that violence was possible also during the trial, and not only as a physical emanation of force.

keywords: Roman law; criminal trial; vis

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