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Death penalty
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I. Ancient Orient

The death penalty as a sanction for capital offences is attested in the ancient Near East from the latter part of the 3rd millennium BC as a penalty in varying frequency in the respective statute books and (less often) as a sentence in  documents of  procedural law. Capital offences were, in particular, homicide/killing ( Killing, crimes involving),  robbery, abduction, adultery, various cases of sodomy and incest and other statutory definitions of offences, principally …

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Neumann, Hans (Berlin) and Schiemann, Gottfried (Tübingen), “Death penalty”, 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 17 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1216600>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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