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(Lat. parricīdium)

was the killing of a par, a close relative. Under the republic the convicted murderer of a close relative was drowned in the sea, tied up in a sack with a dog, cock, ape, and viper. In later legislation the penalty was differentiated according to the gravity of the act, but the death‐penalty remained the normal sanction.

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Classical Studies.


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