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Published on November 19, 2007

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Roman Crime and Punishment How laws were made in the Roman Empire Who was responsible for law/order How criminals were punished

How laws were made in the Roman Empire

Who was responsible for law/order

How criminals were punished

What were Roman laws like? Dealt with serious eg murder and not so serious eg fighting Also dealt with cleanliness – homeowners responsible for street outside house Children learnt the laws at school Who tackled crime? No police force Patrols introduced 6A.D. By Augustus – 5000 soldiers to stop riots; 7000 vigiles to patrol the night and put out fires; 9000 Praetorian Guards to protect the Emperor No crime investigation – only a direct response to crime Therefore very little crime solved Could a criminal get a fair trial? Minor crimes in a Magistrate’s Court Victim had to get the criminal and the evidence Serious crimes go before judge and jury Innocent until proven guilty Punishments To deter others – therefore BRUTAL

What were Roman laws like?

Dealt with serious eg murder and not so serious eg fighting

Also dealt with cleanliness – homeowners responsible for street outside house

Children learnt the laws at school

Who tackled crime?

No police force

Patrols introduced 6A.D. By Augustus – 5000 soldiers to stop riots; 7000 vigiles to patrol the night and put out fires; 9000 Praetorian Guards to protect the Emperor

No crime investigation – only a direct response to crime

Therefore very little crime solved

Could a criminal get a fair trial?

Minor crimes in a Magistrate’s Court

Victim had to get the criminal and the evidence

Serious crimes go before judge and jury

Innocent until proven guilty

Punishments

To deter others – therefore BRUTAL

Crucifixion was not always on a cross......

Feeding time Condemned prisoners who were not Roman citizens could be being executed by being thrown to the beasts.

 

 

Roman Scourging Whip

 

 

Homework – Further reading on Roman Law and Order

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