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Laesa majestas

“Laesa majestas” is a Latin term that translates to “injured majesty” or “violated majesty” in English. The term was used in ancient Rome to refer to a crime against the state or the emperor, which generally included acts of treason, sedition, or defamation against the ruling authority. Violating the majesty of the state or the ruler was considered a serious offense and could result in severe penalties, including death.

The concept of “laesa majestas” is mostly associated with Roman law and its application in the Roman Empire. However, it might also have historical parallels in other cultures and legal systems where the authority of the state or ruler was considered sacred. In such systems, any actions or statements that were deemed disrespectful or harmful to the authority of the state or ruler were subject to punishment.

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