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Homicide
(422 words)

[German version]

I. General

In antiquity homicide is often not yet differentiated from other crimes of killing ( Killing, crimes of). In many ancient laws the special reprehensibility or danger of a behaviour that resulted in the death of another human being was not yet considered a reason for a respective sanction. Thus, in the case of ancient Oriental laws, it would be inappropriate both with regard to the term and the matter to speak of particular offences amounting to homicide within the framework of crimes of killing.

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Neumann, Hans (Berlin), Thür, Gerhard (Graz) and Schiemann, Gottfried (Tübingen), “Homicide”, 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 13 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e809860>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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