parricide - roman justice.

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a man guilty of killing his father was sown up in a leather sack, with an assortment of live animals including a dog, snake, monkey, and rooster, and then thrown into the river Tiber.

'''' In his administration of justice he was both highly conscientious and very lenient; for to save a man clearly guilty of parricide from being sown up in the sack,40 a punishment which was inflicted only on those who pleaded guilty, he is said to have put the question to him in this form: "You surely did not kill your father, did you?" '''' - Suetonius life of augustus

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