The Ancient Craft of Crime and Punishment

Crime has been around for centuries and, unfortunately, is still with us today.  Much like in decades past, crimes committed by soldiers within the military community are adjudicated in military tribunals or courts-martial while secular criminal courts serve the civil society.  The Ancients are among those who depend on public courts, since they are only quasi-military in nature and have no official tribunals of their own.  However, there is nonetheless an Ancient tradition of punishing community offenders, using simple but effective tactics with decidedly nonmilitary roots.  Instead, it’s something they share in common with such disparate groups as the Amish church and second-era Ku Klux Klan.

In British military practice, much of which the Ancients inherited, punishment for a variety of crimes was both prescribed and proscribed.   Thus, while some criminals according to custom, merited flogging,


Image as well as a fascinating discussion of flogging as practiced in Irish garrison towns from

it was limited by regulation to the biblical 39 stripes, anything in excess being deemed unusually cruel.  Of note is that the punishments were meted out ceremoniously, and that ceremony, in the foot troops, at least, included music of the fife and drum.




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