Law and Order in Ancient Rome - How did it work? FULL DOCUMENTARY

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This history documentary series covers Law & Order in Ancient Rome. The combined episode includes the following chapters:
00:00 Introduction
02:57 The Law
16:06 The Courts
29:25 The Prisons
39:55 The Police
53:36 The Peace in the Provinces

In the first chapter we consider the very foundation of Law & Order by examining the Law itself. We cover this subject by tracing its chronological evolution from the Roman Monarchy to the Roman Republic and finally the Roman Empire.

In the second chapter we examine how laws were interpreted and applied by Rome's judicial system as over the years. This includes the emergence of many aspects of Roman justice like judges, lawyers, juries, and more which will seem very familiar to us today.

In the third chapter we look at the practice of prisons which did indeed exist but served a far smaller role than our own form of mass incarceration today.

In the fourth chapter we turn our attention to Law Enforcement in Ancient Rome which included such elements as the Vigiles, the Praetorian Guard, and more.

And finally we conclude with the fifth chapter which addresses the wider law and order across the Empire.

Research: Chris Das Neves
Script: Chris Das Neves
Art: Beverly Johnson
Editing: Invicta

Bibliography and Suggested Reading:
Law Making in the Later Roman Republic, Alan Watson, 1974.
A Legal History of Rome, George Mousourakis, 2007.
The Historical and Institutional Context of Roman Law, George Mousourakis, 2003.
Roman Law in Context, David Johnston, 1999.
Roman Law: An Introduction, Rafael Domingo, 2018.
Historical Introduction to the Study of Roman Law, HF Jolowicz and Barry Nicholas, 1972.
An Introduction to the Principles of Roman Law, P. Van Warmelo, 1976.
The Cambridge Companion to Roman Law, ed. David Johnston, 2015.
"Crime and Punishment in Ancient Rome" by Richard Bauman
"Law and Life of Rome" by J. A. Crook
“The Roman State: Laws, Lawmaking, and Legal Documents” by Gregory Rowe
"The Oxford Handbook of Roman Epigraphy" by Christer Bruun and Jonathan Edmondson.
"Praetorian: The Rise and Fall of Rome’s Imperial Bodyguard" by Guy de la Bedoyere
"The Praetorian Guard: A History of Rome’s Elite Special Forces" by Sandra Bingham
"Policing the Roman Empire: Soldiers, Administration, and Public Order" by Christopher Fuhrmann
"The Vigiles of Imperial Rome" by Paul Reynolds

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