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Public Order in Ancient Rome

Public Order in Ancient Rome

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Part of Key Themes in Ancient History

  • Date Published: October 1995
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521387491

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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.

    • 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 Journal

    "...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

    Introduction
    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
    Bibliographical essay
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Wilfried Nippel, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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