Dating age death sentence
As far back as the Ancient Laws of China, the death penalty has been established as a punishment for crimes.
In the 5th Century BC, the Roman Law of the Twelve Tablets codified the death penalty.Again, the death penalty was different for nobility, freemen and slaves and was punishment for crimes such as the publication of libels and insulting songs, the cutting or grazing of crops planted by a farmer, the burning [of] a house or a stack of corn near a house, cheating by a patron of his client, perjury, making disturbances at night in the city, willful murder of a freeman or a parent, or theft by a slave.In 438, the Code of Theodosius made more than 80 crimes punishable by death.Britain influenced the colonies more than any other country and has a long history of punishment by death.
The first death sentence historically recorded occurred in 16th Century BC Egypt where the wrongdoer, a member of nobility, was accused of magic, and ordered to take his own life.
During this period non-nobility was usually killed with an ax.