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CHAP. XVI.: Of Calumny, with Regard to the Crime of High-Treason. - Charles Louis de Secondat, Baron de Montesquieu, Complete Works, vol. 1 The Spirit of Laws 
The Complete Works of M. de Montesquieu (London: T. Evans, 1777), 4 vols. Vol. 1.
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Of Calumny, with Regard to the Crime of High-Treason.
TO do justice to the Cæsars, they were not the first devisers of the horrid laws which they enacted. It is Sylla* that taught them that calumniators ought not to be punished: but the abuse was soon carried to such excess as to reward them† .
[* ]Sylla made a law of majesty, which is mentioned in Cicero’s orations, pro Cluentio, Art. 3. in Pisonem, Art. 21. 2d against Verres, Art. 5. Familiar Epistles, book 3, letter 11. Cæsar and Augustus inserted them in the Julian laws; others made additions to them.
[† ]Et quo quis distinctior accusator, eo magis honores assequebatur, ac veluti sacrosanctus erat. Tacit.