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How did Emperors maintain Power and Control?

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Rohan Ghosh

on 28 November 2013

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How did Emperors maintain power and control?
Did they make any significant changes to the laws?
How effective was this method?
How important do you think was it for maintaining power and control?
Did they create the method of control or did they inherit it?
Usually, Laws would imply rules such as what are the slaves rights or what punishments would happen if anybody did something wrong.
Hadrian was a very powerful emperor but he wasn't the first emperor of Rome, therefore he inherited most of the laws made before he was Emperor. Hadrian was the fourteenth emperor.
Laws and Punishments
Emperor Hadrian
Roman Emperor
117 AD- 138 AD
Emperor Shi Huang Di
Chinese Emperor
246 BC- 221 BC
Shi Huang Di
The Emperor, Shi Huang Di was the first emperor because China was split into different states and Shi Huang Di united them in to China. There weren't any official and united laws at that time.
Trajan. Ruler before Hadrian
One major law that Hadrian changed was the law of slavery. He agreed with it but thought that the emperors before him were to mean.
Due to his generosity, Hadrian made a law that any bankrupts would be flogged into the amphitheater and released.
He also outlawed the murdering of slaves from their masters.
Shi Huang Di
Shi Huang Di was the first official Emperor but he didn't use the other states Laws and Punishments.
One important punishment was that any person or soldier who did something wrong would be stoned or beaten to death.
Everyone had to use the weights and measurement of his state.
Everyone had to use Qin Money ( His state's)
The greatest change was in the language they wrote down. The Prime minister was given the job to simplify all the languages into one language.
Was this method violent or non-violent?
Shi Huang Di
The changing of law is not violent but the people who fought against the law must have died.
Some of the Punishments that Hadrian set up such as being flogged or a death sentence were very violent.
Man getting flogged.
The most common Punishments were hard labour or the mutilation of a persons body.
The more serious crimes were that the people would be boiled alive, cut in two pieces,beheaded or buried alive.
Buried alive
The laws of Rome have changed alot since Hadrian's changes.
The law's in Hadrian's time were very effective, This is also why he was a very successful emperor.
The Laws are now decided by the Italian Government, The current president is Giorgio Napolitano.
China has changed into a communist country and also has it's own Government.
The Laws and punishments were effective back then but now it has changed alot.
The current President of China is Xi Jinping.
The punishments that the two emperors made were very violent and included death.
Presented by Rohan Ghosh
It must have been very important to maintain control for him as he was very powerful.
He had ordered to make the Hadrian Wall and therefore this showed his superiority over the Roman empire.
He had also ruled the empire with new laws and punishments.
Shi Huang Di
As the first emperor, he wouldn't want to be overthrown by any other guy who wanted to be emperor.
He proved his superiority by finishing the Great Wall of China and the Terra Cotta Army.
He had ruled the whole empire with his new laws and punishments.
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