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sacra+lego, cf. Hor. Sat. i. 3, 117). 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 were inflicted (Dig. xlviii. 13, 6). Cf. Hierosylias Graphé.

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