The Influence Of Rome On Today's Legal System

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The Roman Empire was a vast and powerful one. Stretching from modern-day Spain to the Middle East, and reaching from Britain to the northern tips of Africa, this empire was certainly one of the largest empires in history. Their strength was also evident in the fact that the Empire lasted over 500 years. Control of such a large area of land and the Mediterranean Sea allowed for the spread of their Roman culture. Although the Roman Empire and Republic no longer exist today, the ideas and designs of ancient Rome live on in our modern-day art, law, engineering, languages, and literature. “The largest daily influence of Rome appears in the words people speak” (Burgan, par. 19 and 20). Latin is considered a “dead language” but its words are still…show more content…
“The plaintiff was required to call the defendant to court or to bring him by force. A magistrate then decided whether the case should go before a judex, or prominent layman. The judex heard arguments from advocates and questioned witnesses; he made a decision but had no power to execute it” (“Roman” par. 1). This process of law is much like that of today’s legal system in the United States. Roman law dealt with many different issues in its society such as inheritance, property, and people. Assemblies mostly run by the patrician families passed most of the laws (“Roman” par. 1). Law of Western civilization also deals with matters like these today, and in the United States, we also have legislative bodies to pass most of our laws. Modern-day law in the West is much like that of ancient Rome, and it is no coincidence how similar they really…show more content…
During the Renaissance, artists moved away from Christian ideas and turned to the topics from Greek and Roman mythology to create their masterpieces. Just like the Romans did with their paintings and mosaics, Renaissance artists began to paint images that would be seen on an ordinary day (Burgan par. 13). The Renaissance was greatly influenced by Roman artwork. Renaissance artists used techniques and ideas from Roman art to create their own masterpieces. We still use Roman art today in teachings and as an example of classical art. Lastly, ancient Roman engineering has still survived in the technology of today’s world. The engineering successes of Rome are still around today. We use the technology designed by Romans to make some of our technology today. Some of the roads that the Romans built are still standing today. Rome made many roads, bridges, stadia, public buildings, and water supply systems that have founded the structure for the technological advances we make today (“Building” par.
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