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26 According to tradition, around 452Bc three commissioners were sent by Rome to Athens and other Greek city-states for the purpose of finding out what was most useful in their legal systems. The result was the Twelve Tables of Laws, so called because the laws were engraved on bronze tablets and placed in the Forum. These formed the basis of subsequent Roman law. The tablets only existed in fragments, having been destroyed by the Gauls during the sack of Rome in 390Bc. 34 A Short History qf Europe In the beginning, under the Republic, besides the Twelve Tables, law was founded on custom, that is, customs long observed and sanctioned by the consent of the people over time.

The framework may have been held together by the army and civil service but it was built on law. 26 According to tradition, around 452Bc three commissioners were sent by Rome to Athens and other Greek city-states for the purpose of finding out what was most useful in their legal systems. The result was the Twelve Tables of Laws, so called because the laws were engraved on bronze tablets and placed in the Forum. These formed the basis of subsequent Roman law. The tablets only existed in fragments, having been destroyed by the Gauls during the sack of Rome in 390Bc.

He was joined by two other Pompey supporters, Marcus Junius Brutus and Gaius Cassius. The Liberators, as they called themselves, believed that with the death of Caesar the Republic would be saved. Accordingly they and a number of conspirators assassinated him in the Senate on the Ides of March in 44Bc. The Liberators had, however, miscalculated the level of their support in Rome. Fleeing abroad to rally their support, they were pursued by Caesar's heirs, his nineteen-year-old great nephew Rome: Republic and Empire 23 Octavian, his chief military commander Mark Antony and the governor of Provence, Marcus Lepidus.

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