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Policing the Roman EmpireSoldiers, Administration, and Public Order$
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Christopher Fuhrmann

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199737840

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737840.001.0001

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(p.2) (p.3) 1 Introduction
Policing the Roman Empire

Christopher J. Fuhrmann

Oxford University Press

The challenging work of preventing internal disorder in the Roman Empire involved a variety of forces and measures, including policing. Previous scholarship has not fully grasped the extent and significance of institutional police, partly because difficulties in terminology, definitions, and sources make understanding Roman policing difficult. The fundamental division in institutional policing is between civilian policing and military policing (this book focuses on the latter, aside from Chapter 3). Military policing operated on three different levels: imperial, gubernatorial, and quasi-independent military policing by soldiers temporarily detached from their legions and out-posted among civilians as police. This introductory chapter further discusses the historiography of Roman policing, sources and methodology, the use of ancient literature as historical sources, and the peculiarities of Roman Egypt.

Keywords:   disorder in the Roman World, Roman Egypt, ancient literature, sources and methodology, policing levels

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