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p667 Laqueus

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William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D.:
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, John Murray, London, 1875.

LAQUEUS, a rope, was used to signify the punishment of death by strangling. This mode of execution was never performed in public, but only in prison and generally in the Tullianum. Hence we find the words carcer and laqueus frequently joined together (see e.g. Tac. Ann. III.50). Persons convicted of treason were most frequently put to death by strangling, as for instance the Catilinarian conspirators (laqueo gulam fregere, Sall. Cat. 55). This punishment was frequently inflicted in the reign of Tiberius (Tac. Ann. V.9, VI.39, 40; Suet. Tib. 61), but was abolished soon afterwards (Tac. Ann. XIV.48).


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