Evaluating the Twelve Tables of Early Roman Law



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Evaluating the Twelve Tables of Early Roman Law
Please read the handout, The Twelve Tables, and answer the following questions. EXPLAIN YOUR ANSWERS in at least a sentence! Questions marked (***) are opinions.


  1. If a person is accused and called to court, what are the two things that can happen? What happens if he doesn’t go?


  1. What are the three steps for resolving unpaid debts?



  1. What kind of powers do parents have over their children?


  1. How are issues of inheritance resolved in the event of insanity or death? Based on this excerpt what rights of inheritance do women seem to have had?



  1. How did the ancient Romans view promises and other verbal contracts? How did they view men and women who lived together for a period of time?



  1. What responsibilities did owners of buildings and roads have to other people? Give at least two.



  1. How did the ancient Romans view people who lied or gossiped about other people?



  1. What constitutional principles of the ancient Romans are still believed in today by modern Americans?




  1. ***What do you think the laws regarding funerals say about the ancient Romans?



  1. If I were a patrician man, what two marriages would have been forbidden for me?



  1. Which of the eight forms of punishment are still used in the United States today? (Name at least three, but there are four total).



  1. ***Which of the specific laws in the twelve tables do you think are unfair and why? Discuss two.



  1. ***Which of the specific laws in the twelve tables do you think should be practiced today and why? Discuss two.



  1. ***Why do you think so many crimes listed in the Twelve Tables are punishable by death?




  1. ***Do you think most modern Americans would approve or disapprove of the twelve tables as a system of law today? Why or why not?



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