The Twelve Tables represent an early attempt by the Romans to form a system of civil law for their simple farming society. Historians have only found fragments of the tables, but these fragments provide much information about early Roman life and values. Many of the principles covered in the Twelve Tables remain important today. Others would be rejected in a democratic society. In this activity you will read and interpret the laws.
Destination Title: The Twelve Tables
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Start at the Twelve Tables Web site.
- Read the brief history of the Twelve Tables and the translation of the laws, taking notes as you go.
After you have read the information, answer the following questions.