, cf. Hor. Sat. i.
). The Roman name for the crime of stealing objects consecrated to some god or
deposited in a consecrated place (De Ben.
7, 7). In Cicero's time the word was
extended to cover also any damage or insult to sacred things (Cic.
N. D. iii. 40, 94
), and later still, to want of respect to the
emperor. (See Maiestas
.) A Lex Iulia
punished sacrilege with interdictio aqua et igni
, but for this deportatio
was ultimately substituted; and under the Empire the heavier
penalties of burning alive and damnatio ad bestias
xlviii. 13, 6). Cf. Hierosylias Graphé