Visual Timeline: Roman Law

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450 BCE: The laws of the 'Twelve Tables', the basis of Roman law, are compiled.
 
367 BCE: Law passed enabling Roman plebians to become consuls.
 
242 BCE: Special magistrates (praetor peregrinus) begin to oversee legal disputes concerning non-Roman citizens.
 
131 CE: The Praetor's Edict is first codified, an annual pronouncement on alterations to Roman law.
 
 
212 CE: Caracalla's edict grants Roman citizenship to all free inhabitants of the Roman Empire.
 
292 CE: The 'Codex Gregorianus' is compiled, a collection of summaries of Roman legal documents.
 
295 CE: The 'Codex Hermogenianus' is compiled, a collection of summaries of Roman legal documents.
 
430 CE - 439 CE: The 'Theodosian Code', a collection of over 2,700 Roman laws is compiled.
 
528 CE - 534 CE: The 'Codex Iustinianus' is compiled, a collection of summaries of Roman legal documents.
 
533 CE: The 'Digest' part of the 'Corpus Iuris Civilus' is composed and summarises over 2000 Roman legal documents.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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