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Pulling the Witness by the Ear: A Riddle from the Medieval Ragusan Sources

Nella Lonza   ORCID icon orcid.org/0000-0002-6387-1036 ; Institute for Historical Sciences of the Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts, Dubrovnik, Croatia

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APA 6th Edition
Lonza, N. (2009). Pulling the Witness by the Ear: A Riddle from the Medieval Ragusan Sources. Dubrovnik annals, (13), 25-35. Retrieved from https://hrcak.srce.hr/48312
MLA 8th Edition
Lonza, Nella. "Pulling the Witness by the Ear: A Riddle from the Medieval Ragusan Sources." Dubrovnik annals, vol. , no. 13, 2009, pp. 25-35. https://hrcak.srce.hr/48312. Accessed 26 Nov. 2020.
Chicago 17th Edition
Lonza, Nella. "Pulling the Witness by the Ear: A Riddle from the Medieval Ragusan Sources." Dubrovnik annals , no. 13 (2009): 25-35. https://hrcak.srce.hr/48312
Harvard
Lonza, N. (2009). 'Pulling the Witness by the Ear: A Riddle from the Medieval Ragusan Sources', Dubrovnik annals, (13), pp. 25-35. Available at: https://hrcak.srce.hr/48312 (Accessed 26 November 2020)
Vancouver
Lonza N. Pulling the Witness by the Ear: A Riddle from the Medieval Ragusan Sources. Dubrovnik annals [Internet]. 2009 [cited 2020 November 26];(13):25-35. Available from: https://hrcak.srce.hr/48312
IEEE
N. Lonza, "Pulling the Witness by the Ear: A Riddle from the Medieval Ragusan Sources", Dubrovnik annals, vol., no. 13, pp. 25-35, 2009. [Online]. Available: https://hrcak.srce.hr/48312. [Accessed: 26 November 2020]

Abstracts
Analysing the Ragusan medieval practice of designating a potential witness by pulling his ear, the author traces the same custom in the legal codes from South East Adriatic (from the islands of Mljet and Lastovo to Shkodër). Finding striking similarities with the antestatio rite in the Twelve Tables code of Roman law, and in a number of testimonies from the Roman literature, the author follows the emergence of a ritual of similar features in the early Germanic law collections (5th-8th c.), in the documents of the Austro- Bavarian region (8th-12th c.), and in the Old Slavic legal terminology. According to the author, the link between the existence of a virtually identical legal ritual in different areas and periods might be accounted by the Roman law tradition, yet basically nourished by the shared understanding of the ear as the seat of memory.

Keywords
Dubrovnik; Shkodër; Lastovo; Mljet; Roman law; Germanic law; antestatio; ear; witness; legal ritual

Hrčak ID: 48312

URI
https://hrcak.srce.hr/48312

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