The Sumerian-Akkadian terminology regarding punishment and criminal law implies that in Mesopotamia, this was already understood to be a consequence of mischief [1. 77 with note 35], directed either against the divine order  or the (state-sanctioned) political and social structures . The same is true of Egypt [4. 68]. There was no distinction between civil and criminal law in the modern sense. T…
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Neumann, Hans (Berlin),
Römer, Malte (Berlin) and
Schiemann, Gottfried (Tübingen),
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