Roman Constitution


Roman constitution was an accumulation of laws, legal decisions, and ancient customs. While today 'constitution' usually refers to a single act of legislation, this was not the case in ancient Rome. Instead, Roman government relied on the wisdom and customs of their ancestors as Roman law developed gradually over time.

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  • 509 BCE
    Foundation of the Roman Republic.
  • 494 BCE
    Traditional date the office of the tribuni plebis is created in Rome.
  • 450 BCE
    The laws of the 'Twelve Tables', the basis of Roman law, are compiled.
  • 449 BCE
    The Valerio-Horatian Laws establishes the tribal assemblies in Rome.
  • 367 BCE
    Law passed enabling Roman plebians to become consuls.
  • c. 287 BCE
    The Lex Hotensia states that laws passed in Rome by the Concilium Plebis are binding to all people, even patricians.