Greco-Roman Law

Comparing Greco-Roman Law and Western Civilization Law

No greater cultural debt exists than the debt owed to the Greeks and Romans by Western Civilization.

How does Greco-Roman Culture affect Western Civiliztion

Greco-Roman Law

In Rome during the fifth century b.c.e., a "struggle of the orders" between patricians and plebeians dominated the political arena. The codification of the Twelve Tables of Roman Law from 451 b.c.e. to 449 b.c.e. initiated a shift in the balance of power between the two groups and granted the plebeians some very important civil rights.

Finally, in 452 b.c.e., at the insistence of the tribunes, work on the codification of the unwritten law commenced. A decemvirate, or board of "ten men for writing the laws," was elected by the comitia centuriata--the democratic assembly of Roman soldiers--to codify the first ten tables. The plebeians had insisted on their right to be represented in the decemvirate, but in the end agreed to waive this demand in exchange for the promise that their sacral laws would be upheld.

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Modern Wesern Civilization Law

The Greco-Roman Law effects Western Civilization because just like the Romans when America just started there was some chaos and so to keep the people under control they form a government to write the laws and that branch is called the Legislative Branch. Which is a group of ordained people to write the laws for the country and state.

We also have types of law and procedures:



  • Tort law
  • Civil procedure
  • Criminal procedure
  • Substantive law
  • Criminal law
  • Contract law
  • Tort law
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