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date: 22 November 2019

adultery 

Source:
The Oxford Companion to Classical Civilization
Author(s):
Mark GoldenMark Golden, Adolf BergerAdolf Berger, Barry NicholasBarry Nicholas, Susan M. TreggiariSusan M. Treggiari

At Athens, a law (attributed to Draco or *Solon) allowed a man who killed another he found in the sexual act with his wife, mother, sister, daughter, or concubine held for the purpose of bearing free children, to plead justifiable homicide; such adulterers might also be held for ransom. It is probable that there was also a ...Roman tradition ascribed to fathers and husbands great severity in punishing illicit sexual behaviour by daughters or wives. Such misconduct was ... ...

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