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Old November 19th, 2012, 08:23 AM   #1

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How did the Ancients solve crimes before modern science?


What were the techniques for various civilization?

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Old November 19th, 2012, 08:24 AM   #2

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Old November 19th, 2012, 09:17 AM   #4
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What were the techniques for various civilization?
The use of torture for criminal investigation purposes has been extremely prevalent all along History until quite recently, and arguably still so in some parts of this Planet.

In the case of the Roman Republican citizens, it was fundamentally restricted to their slaves.
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Use Christians as scapegoats.
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Old November 19th, 2012, 01:27 PM   #6

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I'm guessing the same way Brother Cadfael solved his cases.

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Old November 19th, 2012, 01:28 PM   #7

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By hiring the best rhetor you can find to make sure the courts pin it on the other guy. Take Lysias as an example:
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Old November 19th, 2012, 01:32 PM   #8

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It was very common to push "criminals" to pass trials such as:

*Get a handled witch into a river, if she die, she is guilty.
*Put the tongue on heated iron, the accused with lesser burns is innocent.
*Get the girl inside a room and fill it with smoke, if she survives, she's pure blood
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Old November 19th, 2012, 01:34 PM   #9

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Trial by ordeal used to be popular and dates back to at least the Bronze age
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Old November 19th, 2012, 10:29 PM   #10
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Criminal trial in ancient Rome
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A Roman citizen could not be sentenced to death unless he was found guilty of treason. A Roman citizen had the right to be tried in Romeif accused of treason. If sentenced to death, no Roman citizen could be sentenced to be crucified.
Exempt from death penalty? It sounds to me that being a Roman citizen is really privileged lol

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