Emperors of Rome
Emperors of Rome
La Trobe University
Episode CLXXV - The Murder of Pedanius Secundus
48 minutes Posted Oct 9, 2021 at 1:28 am.
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When Pedanius Secunus was murdered by his slave the law was precise - every slave in his household, every man, woman and child, would be crucified as punishment.
The law that allowed this was the Senatus Consultum Silanianum, It existed to ease the minds of the wealthy slave owners of Rome, allowing them to live in power amongst slaves who knew that their actions would mean that all are punished.
Guest: Assistant Professor Zachary Herz (Legal Historian, Department of Classics, University of Colorado Boulder)