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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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“Military stations throughout all provinces”: Detached-Service Soldier-Police

“Military stations throughout all provinces”: Detached-Service Soldier-Police

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Policing the Roman Empire

Christopher J. Fuhrmann

Oxford University Press

This chapter analyzes the various soldiers who were detached from their legions to perform police functions among civilians, reviewing military policing designations such as stationarius, regionarius, and beneficiarius. The chronological focus is the second and third centuries, when there was a marked increase in detached-service military policing a significant development in the evolution of the Roman Empire. A further goal of this chapter is to assess the intended functions and social impact of military police in the provinces, where they often operated rather freely. The greater scope and independence of military police brought about more numerous civilian-military encounters, many of which were marked by corrupt “requisitions” and abuse of provincials, as is evident in novels, Judeo-Christian texts, and other sources.

Keywords:   detached service, military requisitions, beneficiarii consularis, regionarii, stationarii, civilian-military relations

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