Lecture - 'Cops & Robbers, Egyptian Style: Police Work in Ptolemaic Egypt'
Throughout Ptolemaic rule in Egypt (330 – 30 B.C.) victims of crime called upon the local police to investigate crimes, hold trials, arrest, question and sometimes even imprison wrongdoers. In this lecture, John Bauschatz examines the evidence for four of the main areas of police activity – arrest, investigation, detention and resolution – via case studies. It becomes clear that the police system in place tends to the needs of Egyptian villagers and was efficient, effective and largely independent of central government controls.