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Definition: The Romans were the first to employ lawyers full-time. Roman law was a revelation in standards and practice. In other words, it worked very well over a very large number of territories by employing a very large number of people. The number of Roman laws grew every year, beginning with the Twelve Tables. As the number of laws grew, so did the number of lawyers and judges required to study and interpret those laws. Roman judges applied the laws evenly throughout the Republic and the Empire. The penalty for stealing was the same in Roman Africa as it was in Rome itself.

Related Resources:
About Roman Law and Government
Start here for your examination of the wonders of Roman law and government.

Ancient Rome
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Elsewhere on the Web:
Ancient Roman Law
Well-rounded overview of what Roman law was all about.

The Roman Constitution
See for yourself what the Romans thought good law was.

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