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Killing, crimes involving
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I. Ancient Orient

In judging crimes involving killing, no distinction was made in the ancient Middle East between homicide and manslaughter. Killing, inciting a killing, and having knowledge of a killing were all treated as capital offences and punishable with capital punishment ( Death penalty). In addition, the perpetrator's property and (enslaved) family members could, along with other forms of compensation, be handed over to the victim's family. As the collections of laws sh…

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Neumann, Hans (Berlin) and Schiemann, Gottfried (Tübingen), “Killing, crimes involving”, 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 23 September 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1216690>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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