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A. Public criminal prosecution

The legal technical category in classical Roman jurisprudence of the Principate applied to public criminal procedures (iudicium publicum) where crimes were prosecuted based upon accusation ( accusatio ). As with civil legal forms in Roman Law, it is not a characteristic routine legal transaction but should rather be understood as a means of attack and defence in a trial ( actio ,  exceptio ). The meaning of the term crimen predomina…

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Schiemann, Gottfried (Tübingen), “Crimen”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 30 July 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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