Are there any examples of ancient cultures that did not practice capital punishment? (Prior to the fall of the Roman Empire ~500 AD)

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    I would say "no". Which is of course difficult to prove because there are so many cultures. The most common punishments is the ancient codes of law are fines and death penalty. (Prison terms are much later invention).
    – Alex
    Feb 20 '16 at 2:54
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    And mutilations.
    – Michael
    Feb 20 '16 at 5:09
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    @Alex an alternative to the death penalty was usually exile (although I do not know any culture that did not retain death penalty for the most serious offenses like treason or regicide)
    – SJuan76
    Feb 20 '16 at 12:42
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    Here's why I dislike the wording of this question: If I say no, do you accept that? How do you know if I looked into every single world-wide civilization/culture? Moreover, how do I know?
    – CGCampbell
    Feb 22 '16 at 19:39
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    It's an answerable question, an interesting one, and one not readily resolved with a quick trip to Wikipedia. What this stack exchange is about, really. Feb 23 '16 at 16:45