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date: 24 June 2019

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This article introduces the term latro, or Roman bandit, who were members of groups or bands that commit aggravated robbery. These bandits are normally separated from those who have been officially declared as “enemies” of the state. The discussion begins with a study of the way Roman people dealt with or punished these bandits; this shows that bandits were viewed as outsiders and criminals. It then looks at the sociology of deviant behavior and the nature of Roman banditry, where the terms “anomic” perpetrators and “labeled” criminals are introduced. Finally, examples of regionalized appearances of organized banditry are provided.

Keywords: latro, bandit, aggravated robbery, enemies of the state, punishment, deviant behavior, nature, banditry, anomic perpetrators, labeled criminals

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