The twelve tables of law

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Table IV.

1. A dreadfully deformed child shall be quickly killed.

2. If a father sells his son three times, the son shall be free from his father.

5. A child born after ten months since the father's death will not be admitted into a legal inheritance.

Table V.

3. As a man has provided in his will in regard to his money and the care of his property, so let it be binding. If he has no heir and dies, let the nearest male kinsmen have the inheritance. If there is no male kinsman, let the members of his extended family have the inheritance.

4. If one is mad but has no guardian, the power over him and his money shall belong to his male kinsmen and the members of his extended family.

stocks and fetters: shackles or restraints

kinsmen: relative

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