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Among the Romans relegation was a banishment to a certain place, and consequently was an interdiction of all places except the one designated.
It differed from deportation. Relegation and deportation agree upon these particulars: 1. Neither could be in a Roman city or province. 2. Neither caused the party punished to lose his liberty. Relegation and deportation differed in this. 1. Because deportation deprived of the right of citizenship, which was preserved notwithstanding the relegation. 2. Because deportation was always perpetual, and relegation was generally for a limited time. 3. Because deportation was always attended with confiscation of property, although not mentioned in the sentence; while a loss of property was not a consequence of relegation unless it was perpetual, or made a part of the sentence.