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(literally more or less: 'to be obstructive from the outset') mostly refers to loss of faith in Medieval Christian Lat. authors; rare in this sense in ancient Roman legal sources (Cod. Theod. 16,7,3,1: AD 383). Praevaricatio is connivance between the prosecutor and the accused in public criminal trials ( iudicium publicum ). In a wider sense the term covers other public (Dig. 44,3,10) and even private proceedings (Just. Epit. 2,7,1) and other parties involved (Dig. 47,15,1 pr.). Praevaricatio encompasses all activities for the protection of the accused fr…

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Ebner, Constanze (Innsbruck), “Praevaricatio”, 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 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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