Cato on Punishing Adultery: Gellius 10.23

“Should you catch your wife in adultery, you may legally kill her without trial; but if she catches you, whether you be an active or passive participant in the matter, she should not dare to put a finger on you, nor would it be legal for her to do so.”

“In adulterio uxorem tuam si prehendisses, sine iudicio inpune necares; illa te, si adulterares sive tu adulterarere, digito non auderet contingere, neque ius est.”


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