Crime And Punishment : An Interpretation Of Ancient Roman Law Enforcement

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Crime and Punishment: An Interpretation of Ancient Roman Law enforcement in Pompeii
Today, our police force is affiliated with the slogan, To Serve and Protect. The policemen and women are now trained to perform their duties as protectors of the peace by enforcing law and order and ensuring the safety of the citizens they are put in charge of. However, it has only been since the eighteenth and nineteenth century that “a police force in the sense of a specialized and impartial law-enforcement agency” has been around (Wilfred ix). Before law enforcement became the government institution that we are used to seeing today, it was a system dependent upon the everyday person to ensure that justice was dispatched. This paper explores the world of Pompeii’s law enforcement during it duration as a Roman colony before its destruction by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 BC. By answering the questions of who enforced that laws and what kinds of crimes often required enforcement we can see how the judicial system of authority shaped the culture of Pompeii.
The Roman Policepersons/Enforcers: Who managed public order by enforcing the laws?
There was no police force for the Roman cities and colonies like Pompeii. At least, not in the way that we consider the police to be an institution of government and whose job it is to "prevent crime, investigate crimes that have been committed, and apprehend criminals" (Aldrete 103). So, who managed the public order in Pompeii and…

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