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A. Definition

Quastio (lit. 'question') in Roman legal terminology denotes generally, on the one hand, the trial itself, but also the hearings, esp. torture ( quaestio per tormenta ). In a narrower, technical sense, quaestio refers to the penal process of the late Republic and the Principate, in which a bench of senatorial jurors sat under the chairmanship of a magistrate. It also refers to this jury court itself. Such courts were only ever created by law - most importantly the leges Co…

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Völkl, Artur (Innsbruck), “Quaestio”, 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 01 June 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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