Roman Punishment and Crime: Revision
The Twelve Tables: 450–449 BCE
The Twelve Tables contain Debtors Laws, Inheritance Laws, Marriage Laws, Rights of a Father, Property Laws, Will and Testament and Laws relating to Women. It was one and a half times of the Bible! The laws were distilled but they were still unfair!
The Digest of Roman Laws
It was promulgated in April of 529BC. It was compiled by order of the emperor Justinian I in the 6th century (A.D 530-533). It spans 50 volumes, and represented a reduction and codification of all Roman laws up to that time.
The Roman Empire
Rome needed a strong empire. To do this, they needed strict rules. The main reasons why punishment was used because it needed to deter people from committing crime and protect its people.
The most common punishments were: