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Sacrilegium
(283 words)

[German version]

In Roman law, temple robbery or, more specifically, unlawful removal (furtum) of (movable): (a) objects (res) that were sacrae ( sacer ) from a place that was sacer (aedes, templum: Quint. Inst. 7,3,10), perhaps even from private ownership (Cic. Inv. 1,11); and (b) private property, such as money, that had been deposited in a temple (thus Cic. Leg. 2,22 and 41). However, the latter was controversial: Septimius Severus and Caracalla ruled that such a crime be classified only as furtum (Dig. 48,13,6). The theft of sacra privata was not among the deeds constituting th…

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Linderski, Jerzy (Chapel Hill, NC), “Sacrilegium”, 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 22 October 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1026900>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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