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date: 09 August 2020


The Oxford Dictionary of the Classical World
John RobertsJohn Roberts

Police forces did not exist in the ancient world. Ancient city‐states did, however, recognize the need for publicly appointed officials to carry out functions of social regulation. For example, in Classical Athens annual boards of magistrates were charged with keeping the streets clean, supervising market transactions, and controlling corn prices. Officials of this kind are attested in Greek cities throughout the Hellenistic and Roman periods, and the same functions were performed in Rome and cities of the Latin west by the ... ...

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