Roman Vs U.S. Ideas

Roman vs U.S. Ideas of Citizenship, Law, and Justice

The Rights of Citizens in Rome

If your a law abiding citizen in Rome, you rights for yourself. Here are some of the right citizens had in Rome: Rights of Citizens:

You were able to vote as a citizen.

You were also given the ability to accomodate an official office with civil and government citizens.

Next, they were able to live and buy their own property or land. Also, they were able to conduct contracts with each other.

Finally, citizens of Rome were able to conduct a trial or court.

Not Everyone Was Equal

In the Roman Empire there was a hierarchy starting from the top which were males to the bottom which were slaves. This is the list with their specific rights: The Hierarchy of Rome:

In the beginning of the list or top, is the males which they had every right.

Next, is the women who had limited rights such as not able no voting or government offices.

Next, in the list are freedmen which had about the same rights as a women.

At the very bottom of the list is the slaves. The slaves were basically property with none or little rights and almost no chance of freedom.

Need to Follow the Laws

The Roman Empire was the first to have written laws and inspired the U.S. to follow in their footsteps. These are some of the laws Romans had focused on: Laws of the Empire:

One of the first laws that they focus on are getting married or marriage.

Continuing down the list, the next law is on inheritance. They want people to pass on items that the member who passed away cared for.

Next, is the law about people sharing contracts with each other such as making trades or deals.

All of these laws can be found in the twelve tables of Rome which was the first official laws ever wrote down and that inspired U.S. laws.

Roman Justice

Natural laws mean that if you are born in the Empire of Rome, you now have the natural laws of Rome within yourself. It states that Natural laws are connected to, life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. This quote is very well known in the U.S. since it is stated in the Declaration of Independence. Also, the reason judges were inspired was from the Roman Empire since they conducted trials.

Punishments of Roman Citizens

In every empire there are consequences for very negative actions. Of course, the Romans inducted punishments into their empire. The punishment varies on the crime that was commited. Here are some of the punishments: Punishments:

If the crime is a very low crime you will most likely get the punishment of paying a fee or fine.

Continuing the list of consequnces, next is beatings. Beatings seem like an already terrible punishment but the list gets even woefuler.

Next, is the punishment that is permanet which is banishment. Basically, they force you to leave forever and never return to the Roman Empire.

Next, is they make you into a slave. You would lose your rights and freedom just because you commited a viscious crime.

Further on, you might be chosen to face execution if guilty of treason against your own empire.

Lastly, if you killed your father or anyone within the Roman Empire, you would face patricide. The punishment of patricide which was suffocating under water or getting drowned.