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The absence of a professional police force in the city of Rome in classical times is often identified as a major cause of the collapse of the Republic. But this alleged "structural weakness" was not removed by the Emperor Augustus and his successors, and was in fact shared with other premodern states. In this critical new study of the system of law and order in ancient Rome in both the republican and imperial periods, Wilfried Nippel identifies the mechanisms of self-regulation that operated as a stabilizing force within Roman society.Read more
- Interesting subject interlocking with contemporary issues about the maintenance of law and order
- Subject of central importance to the study of the history of the late republic and early empire at Rome
- Author takes a comparativist approach to his subject
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"Nippel's attention to the ritualized structures of political life and the precedents for political action creates a multi-faceted commentary on politics....dense in historical detail and rich in the historical perspectives that form the basis of the argument." New England Classical JournalSee more reviews
"...a lucidly argued thesis bolstered by selective use of comparative urban evidence..." Choice
"Professor MacCormack had done a superb job of exhausting the sources and establishing his case for his thesis that aspects of Confucianism he emphasizes has a profound influence on the codes....His book is a great step forward for the field....this is an illuminating book." The American Journal of Legal History
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- Date Published: October 1995
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9780521387491
- length: 176 pages
- dimensions: 228 x 152 x 10 mm
- weight: 0.385kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. Republican principles of policing
2. Late Republican political violence
3. The collapse of the Republican order
4. Features of the new Imperial order
Epilogue: Law and order in comparative perspective
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