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Talion
(631 words)

(Latin talio, 'equal retribution') means that the penalty must be appropriate to the evil committed against the victim.

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I. General points

Talion is found in many ancient laws, e.g. Cod. Hammurapi 229 (killing the son of the builder because of the builder's responsibility for the death of the landlord's son) or Ex 21:22-25 ("An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth, blood for blood"). From a historical perspective, talion can be regarded as a mitigation co…

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Hengstl, Joachim (Marburg/Lahn) and Völkl, Artur (Innsbruck), “Talion”, 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 21 January 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e1128890>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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