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Property and Violence: The <i>Pro Tullio</i> and <i>Pro Caecina</i>

Andrew Lintott

in Cicero as Evidence

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780199216444
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191712180 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199216444.003.0006
Property and Violence: The Pro Tullio and Pro Caecina

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This chapter examines two cases wherein Cicero appears to have had a reasonable case on a strict interpretation of the law. However, in the case of pro Roscio Comoedo he needed to reinforce it by presenting his client in a better light than perhaps his character justified. The two lawsuits arose from property disputes involving violence. In each case, Cicero's client claimed to have suffered violence: in pro Tullio to his slaves; in pro Caecina to his own person and those of his friends and supporters. The aims of the suits, however, were different: in the first it was a matter of obtaining damages for the loss; in the second the winning of a judicial wager which in due course should have led to the taking possession of a disputed piece of real estate.

Keywords: law; lawsuits; litigation; property disputes; violence

Chapter.  6656 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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