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“Keep your province pacified and quiet”: Provincial Governors, Public Order, and Policing

Christopher J. Fuhrmann

in Policing the Roman Empire

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199737840
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199928576 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199737840.003.0007
“Keep your province pacified and quiet”: Provincial Governors, Public Order, and Policing

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An appreciation of the Roman governor's position and responsibilities shows that he was the most important figure in provincial law and order; good governors clearly took an interest in protecting people and fighting crime, often using soldiers on their staff (officium) to do so. At the same time, complicated local politics, corruption, and other considerations constrained governors’ actual power. Many aspects of the governors’ role also apply to imperial procurators, whose importance in the provinces is hard to exaggerate. Particularly telling is an inscription from Asia Minor, Frend JRS 46 (1956), which reveals how successive procurators of an imperial estate managed a protracted conflict between two villages, partly by employing soldiers at their disposal as police.

Keywords: provincial governors; local politics; corruption; Dio Chrysostom; crime; officium; imperial procurators

Chapter.  14188 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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