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Why was "leaping into the river" a valid trial outcome to prove one's innocence?

It was a divine judgement in cases where the evidence was inconclusive and previous attempts to resolve the case had failed. In some cases at least, it was only used after other attempts at a ...
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Why was "leaping into the river" a valid trial outcome to prove one's innocence?

Peter Leeson from George Mason University has argued that medieval trial by ordeal worked because people believed that they worked. Thus, only the innocent were willing to undergo the ordeal. If this ...
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What were the types of currency used in ancient Mesopotamia?

First, it is important to understand that the economic system of ancient Mesopotamia was something much closer to a barter system than a modern market. Money did exist, but not in the fully ...
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