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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: September 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 pre-modern states: a specialised police force is a modern invention. In this critical study of the system of law and order in ancient Rome in both Republican and Imperial periods, Wilfried Nippel identifies the mechanisms of self-regulation which operated as a stabilising force within Roman society. This case-study of ancient Rome has a comparative dimension and will interest legal historians of other pre-modern societies as well as ancient historians, anthropologists, sociologists and political scientists.

    • 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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    • Date Published: September 1995
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521387491
    • length: 176 pages
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.27kg
    • 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.

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    Wilfried Nippel, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

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