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Ad Metalla (Damnatio)
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The sentence ad metalla (“to the mines”), included among the poenae mediocres (“minor punishments”) according to Roman law, along with the sentencing to public works (opus publicum), consists in making criminals work in the places where minerals are extracted or marble is cut into blocks. This was a commonly adopted measure for penalizing criminals in the ancient world, especially those of low social origin.


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Mateo Donet, M. Amparo, “Ad Metalla (Damnatio)”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 07 June 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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