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Jean Bodin, Six livres de la république (1577), published in English as Six Bookes of the Commonweale (1606)

So the fatherly power being little by little diminished upon the declination of the Roman Empire; so also shortly after vanished away their ancient virtue, and all the glory of their Commonweal: and so in place of piety and civility, ensued a million of vices and villainies. The first stain, and beginning of taking away the power of life and death from parents, proceed from the ambition of the Magistrates, who seeking to increase their jurisdiction, and little and little drawing unto them the deciding of all matters, exstinguished all domestical powers: which happened especially after the death of Augustus Caesar; at which time we read the magistrates to have been almost always occupied in punishing of such as had murdered their parents.

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