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Re: Pound of Flesh
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 11.0389  Wednesday, 23 February 2000.

From:           Larry Weiss <
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Date:           Tuesday, 22 Feb 2000 12:37:27 -0500
Subject: 11.0375 Re: Pound of Flesh
Comment:        Re: SHK 11.0375 Re: Pound of Flesh

Clifford Stetner quotes Nietzsche as saying:

> "...  I consider it already a progress, proof of a freer, more
> generous, more Roman conception of law, when the Twelve Tables decreed
> that it made no difference how much or little, in such a case, the
> creditor cut out-si plus minusve secuerunt, ne fraude esto."

It is even fairer than that.  The procedure-legis actio per manus
iniectionem-allowed all the debtor's creditors (not just the one who
initially brought the action) to get a piece.  In most cases, however,
the creditors preferred the alternative remedy and just sold the debtor
into slavery.
 

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