Brill’s New Pauly

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On the one hand, a generic term for unlawful behaviour in general and for illegality and fault in respect of the  lex Aquilia , and on the other hand the term for an offence including wilful physical injury and insult to honour. The Twelve Tables provided retaliation in kind ( talio ) for serious cases of iniuria. This was not applicable in the case of agreement over damages ( pactum ). In less serious cases there were only fines which in general ultimately supplanted the talio. The amount of the fines varied with the seriousness of the deed and the social statu…

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Gamauf, Richard (Vienna), “Iniuria”, 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 09 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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