LJBcB19 The Criminal Law of Ancient Rome

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2015
Extent and Intensity
1/1/0. 3 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
JUDr. Miroslav Frýdek, Ph.D. et Ph.D. (lecturer)
Bc. Sabina Dobešová (assistant)
Guaranteed by
doc. PhDr. Daniela Urbanová, Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies - Faculty of Arts
each odd Wednesday 15:50–19:05 A21
Prerequisites (in Czech)
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
Fields of study the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
Roman criminal law is a huge complex of vindicatory legal and religious norms blending together. Religious ideas manifets themselves mainly in types of punishment and possibility of atonement whn the punishment is understood as an atonement of criminal act. Students will get acquainted with the development of the ancient Roman criminal law and its system, especially with the private and public criminal law, as well as the basic institutions of Roman criminal law. The focus will be on the particular fields of criminal law: sources, terminology, law suits, types of crimes (parricide, blackmailing, property crimes, crimes against life and health, sexual crimes). Commentry on the particular institutions will be based on legal and narrative sources. At the end of the course students should have an overview of ancient criminal law and its legal institutions. They should be also able to analyze and interpret the texts of Roman lawyers and historians.
  • Definition of Roman criminal law: public and private criminal law. Terminology of Roman criminal law. Sources of Roman criminal law. Narrative and legal sources and their collision. Roman law suits (private court, trial by jury, trial by senate, notic eof appeal). Groups of crimes in Roman law. Types of crimes in Roman law: expiable and un-expiable crimes. Parricide (proditio, perduellio, crimen maiestatis). Blackmailing of the provincial authorities (crimen pecuniae repetundae). Machinations regarding elections (crimen ambitus). Property crimes (furtum, sacrilegium, crimen peculatus). Crimes against life and health (murders, poisoning). Sexual crimes (adulterium, incest, stuprum).
  • FRÝDEK, Miroslav. Gli intrighi elettorali a Roma - crimen ambitus (Elections in Ancient Rome - crimen ambitus). Studia Prawnoustrojove, Olsztyn: Uniwersytet Warminsko-Mazurski w Olszte, 2010, 8., 12., p. 57-60. ISSN 1644-0412. info
  • FRÝDEK, Miroslav. Terminology of Roman Criminal Law crimen et delictum (Terminology of Roman Criminal Law crimen et delictum). Journal on european history of law, London: Published semiannually by STS Science, 2010, 1., 1., p. 69-72. ISSN 2042-6402. info
  • BARTOŠEK, Milan. Encyklopedie římského práva. Druhé, přepracované vydá. Praha: Academia, 1994. 471 stran. ISBN 802000243X. info
  • BARTOŠEK, Milan. Dějiny římského práva : (ve třech fázích jeho vývoje). Praha: Academia, 1988. 302 s., př. info
  • TUREČEK, Josef. Světové dějiny státu a práva ve starověku. Praha: Orbis, 1963. 636 s., mp. info
  • MAŠKIN, N. A. Dějiny starověkého Říma [2057]. Praha: Rovnost, 1952. info
Teaching methods
Lectures, reading, discussion.
Assessment methods
Oral exam.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
Teacher's information
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2012, Autumn 2013, Autumn 2014, Autumn 2016, Autumn 2017.
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