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Policing the Roman Empire: Soldiers, Administration, and Public Order

Christopher Fuhrmann


Policing the Roman Empire studies how Roman officials attempted to maintain law and order, focusing especially on police duties of Roman soldiers during the empire's first three centuries. Emperors, governors, lesser officials, and ordinary provincial inhabitants all helped enforce the law; they also all shared the hope or expectation that the state would provide some modicum of security. This same broad range of people saw potential benefits in using soldiers as police, a practice which markedly increased in the second and third centuries AD. Roman soldiers who were detached from ... More

Keywords: Roman Empire, policing, public order, military police, provincial administration

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199737840
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737840.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher Fuhrmann, author
University of North Texas