Law Code of Beki and Agbugi

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Law Code of Beki and Agbugi

 

the law code of Beki and his grandson Agbugi, rulers of the principality of Samtskhe-Saatabago. The code, the most outstanding monument of Georgian feudal law, was compiled in the 14th and 15th centuries. Consisting mainly of norms of criminal law, it permitted blood feuds for certain crimes but for the most part established fines that were imposed in relation to the social status of the victim. For example, one law established a fine of 30,000 pieces of silver for the murder of a nobleman but 400 for the murder of a peasant. The law code also regulated certain property relations, for example, contracts of sale, loans, and inheritances.

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