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Repetundarum crimen
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literally 'the crime (of the appropriation) of (things and monies) to be restored', was the crime of extortion from subordinates and allies by Roman officials, and derived its name from the money and goods which had been extorted and had to be returned (cf. lex de pecuniis repetundis, Cic. Brut. 106). The earliest reference (Liv. 43.2) is a civil repetundae action before recuperatores , which the Senate permitted in 171 BC in favour of Spanish socii against several former governors. The repetundae action received legal foundation by the lex Calpurnia (149 BC) and a later le…

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Simon, Dietrich (Jena), “Repetundarum crimen”, 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 27 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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