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The problem of the content of the lex Iulia iudiciorum publicorum

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The lex Iulia iudiciorum publicorum (‘Julian law regarding public criminal trials’) was enacted during the reign of Augustus. It is generally assumed the lex purely pertained to procedural aspects of the quaestio-trial. But did the lex Iulia iudiciorum publicorum only entail provisions valid for the public criminal procedure, or did the law state provisions relevant for specific crimina separately? Through reassessing various Roman legal texts in which the lex Iulia iudiciorum publicorum is mentioned and comparing these with the epigraphical evidence, it becomes apparent the lex Iulia iudiciorum publicorum probably contained a specific arrangement to determine which public criminal lex was to be applied to which situation.


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