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According to the original social rules in ancient Rome, it was the family of the victim who chose the type of punishment for the murderer. We do not have any written laws, in the
set of XII tables, that govern the laws of a murderer.
Hence the expression
vendeta, i.e. vendetta (Latin vindicta – “revenge”). Sources McKeown J. C., A Cabinet of Roman Curiosities: Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the World's Greatest Empire,
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