Hence arise such questions as the following. “You have stolen private money, but since you
stole it from a temple, it is not theft but sacrilege.”
“You have killed adulterers, an act permitted by law,
but since the act was done in a brothel, it is murder.”
"You have committed an assault, but since the
object of your assault was a magistrate, the crime is
Quintilian. With An English Translation. Harold Edgeworth Butler. Cambridge. Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press; London, William Heinemann, Ltd. 1921.
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