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Human sacrifices
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I. History of the Concept and its Subsequent Influence

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A. Concept

Human sacrifice (HS) is a form of killing considered lawful, similar to killing in pursuit of war, capital punishment, or a blood feud. It is, however, limited to the performance of offering rites that (a) are universally accepted in the respective religion and culture and (b) are conducted in a fashion similar t…

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Cancik-Lindemaier, Hildegard (Tübingen), Podella, Thomas (Lübeck) and Scheid, John (Paris), “Human sacrifices”, 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 20 March 2023 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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