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Author: Sophie Lafont

Title: Femmes, Droit et Justice dans l'Antiquité orientale

Subtitle: Contribution à l'étude du droit pénal au Proche-Orient ancien

Place: Fribourg / Göttingen

Publisher: Editions Universitaires / Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht

Year: 1999

Pages: xv + 562pp.

Series: Orbis Biblicus et Orientalis 165

ISBN-10: 3727812265 – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: French

Keywords: Ancient Near East | Prosecution: Laws



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Author: Sophie Démare-Lafont, Institut d'Histoire du Droit, Centre national de la recherche scientifique

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»This book offers a critical synthesis on criminal law regarding women in the ancient Near East. Based on inspection of Sumerian, Akkadian, Hittite, and biblical documents, it attempts to answer two fundamental questions. The first deals with the nature of the offenses committed or sustained by women. As compiled, the pertinent infractions are seen to belong mainly to family and private spheres.
A second issue is the nature of criminal legislation specific to women. This study shows how the law conventionally evolved from cultural mores that assign women a standing in the social structure of the community. As a wife, a mother, or a daughter, a woman must submit to rigorous social obligations; but she can profit also from legal stipulations that are often caring and protective. While prostitutes or innkeepers are not expected to lead exemplary lives, they pay the price of escaping male control by their inferior social standing.« (Source: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht)

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Yaron, Reuven. Zeitschrift der Savigny-Stiftung für Rechtsgeschichte: Romanistische Abteilung 118(1) (August 2001): 388-405. – Full Text: De Gruyter Online (Restricted Access)