“Military stations throughout all provinces”: Detached-Service Soldier-Police

Christopher J. Fuhrmann

in Policing the Roman Empire

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199737840
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199928576 | DOI:
“Military stations throughout all provinces”: Detached-Service Soldier-Police

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This chapter analyzes the various soldiers who were detached from their legions to perform police functions among civilians, reviewing military policing designations such as stationarius, regionarius, and beneficiarius. The chronological focus is the second and third centuries, when there was a marked increase in detached-service military policing a significant development in the evolution of the Roman Empire. A further goal of this chapter is to assess the intended functions and social impact of military police in the provinces, where they often operated rather freely. The greater scope and independence of military police brought about more numerous civilian-military encounters, many of which were marked by corrupt “requisitions” and abuse of provincials, as is evident in novels, Judeo-Christian texts, and other sources.

Keywords: detached service; military requisitions; beneficiarii consularis; regionarii; stationarii; civilian-military relations

Chapter.  18408 words. 

Subjects: Classical History

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