...tough on the perpetrators of crime.
The military police serving in Londinium have a hard task monitoring the criminal elements of a big town. Read about a day in the life of military policeman, Rubrius Pudens.
My name: Rubrius Pudens
My rank: speculator of the 2nd legion Augusta Antoniniana.
My main task is to act as bodyguard to the governor, Lucius Alfenus Senicio, and I’m also one of the public executioners.
These days I have a set of new duties now that we’ve overseen the building of the stone city wall and have moved out of the stone fort in the northern settlement. They’ve already dismantled the fort – shame! Now that’s what I called a fort - somewhere any soldier seconded to Londinium would understand.
Now we’re all billeted south of the river, all over the place, with our headquarters – it’s that fine building overlooking the river – that’s where we have to report to our centurion.
Early Ante Meridiem
This morning’s early duties were the usual – cleaning out accommodation, checking and cleaning kit ready for parade. I needed to see the armourer as I had lost some belt mounts and my lucky mascot that I have fixed on my belt. Must have been that bit of trouble we encountered last night! I have left a gift to the gods for the return of my brass phallus mascot – it brought me luck with the ladies, if you know what I mean!!
Mid Ante Meridiem
We accompanied the governor who was attending a court case at the Basilica - he rarely goes anywhere without his bodyguard. Time was spent standing to attention while a lot of legal talk went on – we’re trained not to listen but it resulted in some criminals being condemned to death.
After a noon-time bite to eat, we marched the same criminals from the lock-up to the amphitheatre – we carried out their death sentences in the arena. Public executions don’t bother me – they’ve committed crimes and deserve to die. How else can we maintain law and order?
Off duty, I’ve built up quite a thirst and appetite and have met up with my comrades, Celsus, Dardanius Celsor and Probus and we are now sampling some of the local hostelries!