Rome vs U.S Ideas

Rome VS U.S. ideas of Citizenship, Law, and Justice


Rights of citizen

Able to vote.

Hold offices-civil and government.

Own property and write contracts.

Go to court.

Not all equal

Male citizens enjoyed all of the rights

Women had limited rights

No voting or government offices

Slaves were property with almost no rights- small chances of freedom.

Freedmen were former slaves with limited rights.


The laws that they were focused on


Inheritance- what family gets when a member dies.

Contracts between people.

Law were written down in the 12 tables

Roman justice

Natural laws giving every citizen rights

Connected to life, liberty, pursuit of happiness

Judges made court decision from trials and evidence.


Fit the crime committed

Fines-pay money


Banishment have to leave Rome


Execution if guilty of treason

Patricide killing your father was punished by being drowned in a river

Slaves were beaten harder work or often crucified.