Roman Crime and Punishment

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  • ROMAN CRIME AND PUNISHMENT 500BC-400AD
    • SERIOUS CRIMES
      • Being a Christian
      • Murder
      • Killing the Emperor
      • Arson
      • Patricide - killing your father or master
      • Stealing farm animals
    • MINOR CRIMES
      • Selling underweight bread
      • Not keeping the street outside your hous e tidy
      • Hooliganism
      • Evading taxes
      • Being a poor landlord
      • Hunting deer
    • PUNISHMENT-S
      • SERIOUS CRIMES
        • Crucifixtion
        • Burned at the stake
        • Death by pouring molten lead down the throat
        • Decimation - Legionaries if one ran away 1/10 men killed
        • If one slave tried to kill the master - all slaves killed
        • Colosseum - gladiators/beasts
        • Rolled of a cliff in a bag full of snakes
      • MINOR CRIMES
        • Repaying the cost of goods
        • Whipping
        • Confiscation of goods
        • Exile - only for Noblemen
        • Prison - held before trial
    • POLICING
      • NO POLICE FORCE
      • AEDILES - (city officials) - inspected shops to ensure bread was correct weight and inspected streets
      • VIGILES - (7000 men) - chase and capture runaway slaves, prevent and put out  fires, night partol
      • URBAN COHORTS - keep order by stopping riots
      • PRAETORIAN GUARDS - only used in emergencies to protect the Emperor
      • TWELVE TABLES AND JUSTANIAN CODE - (450BC) designed to make Rome a better place

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