I'm hoping there are some experts on ancient Rome here who can answer a simple question:
What was the law in the Imperial era (let's say AD 70 if it matters, since that's when my game is set!) regarding the pomerium, the sacred boundary of Rome? I've heard and read various things which contradict each other.
One source says no weapons were allowed inside (which I'd think couldn't be literally true, as surely a patrician family would have possessed ancestral weapons which they could hardly be forbidden from keeping in their house -- besides, surely gladiators used weapons within the pomerium).
Another says only soldiers were forbidden from carrying weapons within the pomerium, and that private citizens could carry them with impunity (I find that equally hard to believe).
I'd have thought that perhaps the law was that weapons could not be carried in public places, and if you needed to transport them they needed to be wrapped up in some way so that they couldn't be used without a time-consuming process of unwrapping or whatever. But I can find nothing to support this supposition!
Published scenarios don't help much. I'm currently running The Legacy of Arrius Lurco, and it not only has the Cohotes Urbanae openly carrying and using weapons, it also has a house on the Caeline Hill guarded by armed gladiators. It's possible the author just decided to use some dramatic licence, but it's just made me more confused!
After all, it does seem that it would be difficult for the Cohortes Urbanae to keep order if they couldn't carry weapons. Maybe they used staves that could double as weapons? Again, I can find no evidence. And when the scenario mentions that the Emperor's cavalry escort is also based on the Caelian Hill, I start wondering if they weren't allowed weapons either!
I am aware that the pomerium wasn't contiguous with the walls of Rome, so that some places were deliberately outside it so the rules wouldn't apply...