Roman Citizenship

From rights to citizens to punishments

Rights of citizens

  • able to vote
  • Hold offical offices
  • Own property and write contracts
  • Go to court

Not all equal

  • Males citizens enjoyed thier rights
  • Female citizens had limited rights
  • Slaves were property with almost no rights
  • Freedmen were former slaves with limited rights

Follow the law

Focused on:

  • Marriage
  • Inheritance
  • Contracts between people

Roman justice

  • Natural laws given every citizen rights
  • Connected to life, liberty, and pursuit of hapiness
  • Judges made decisions from trials and evidence


  • Fit the crime commited
  • Fines pay money
  • Beatings
  • Banishments having to leave Rome
  • Patricide killing your father was punished by drowning you in a river
  • Slaves were beaten, harder work, or often crucified