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The Twelve Tables of Roman Law
Ancient Romans wrote a group of laws called the Twelve Tables. They engraved these
laws on metal tablets and displayed them in the Roman Forum. The Twelve Tables
have helped us learn a lot about the lives of ancient Romans. They are a good example
of how politics and society worked in Rome. Some of Rome’s laws are pretty different
from what we use today. For example, the penalty for lying as a witness was to be
thrown off a cliff. It was also illegal for plebeians to marry patricians. Plebeians were
ordinary citizens, while patricians were the rich and powerful. These laws sound harsh,
but Romans also wrote the “Good and Fair” laws. These laws said it was better to
leave a crime unpunished than to punish an innocent person. They also said that
people who were accused of a crime had the right to face their accusers.
We base many of our laws on ancient Roman laws. One important Roman law was:
No ex post facto. This law stated that a person couldn’t be punished for doing
something wrong before a law against it was passed. For example, say your parent
drove their car down the highway at 65 mph yesterday. Tomorrow, a law goes into
effect that states the highway speed limit is now 55. Your parent can’t get a ticket
for driving 65 yesterday, because it wasn’t against the law when they did it. “No ... ex
post facto law shall be passed” is part of the U.S. Constitution.