The cock, the dog, the serpent, and the monkey. Reception and transmission of a Roman punishment, or historiography as history

@article{Egmond1995TheCT,
  title={The cock, the dog, the serpent, and the monkey. Reception and transmission of a Roman punishment, or historiography as history},
  author={Florike Egmond},
  journal={International Journal of the Classical Tradition},
  year={1995},
  volume={2},
  pages={159-192}
}
  • F. Egmond
  • Published 1 September 1995
  • History
  • International Journal of the Classical Tradition
Thepoena cullei originated as a Roman capital punishment imposed for parricide: the culprit was drowned in a leather sack together with a cock, a dog, a serpent, and a monkey. This punishment was last imposed in Germany during the 18th century. After its disappearance from written legislation, it continued to attract much scholarly attention. In the course of the 19th century thepoena cullei turned from a legal curiosity into a key issue in debates about the long-term development from ritual… 
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