What were the first written laws of Rome?

The 12 Tables were statutes defining private rights and procedures. A commission of ten men was appointed to draw up the first ten Tables, then a second group of ten to write the last two. Inscribed in bronze around 450 BC, the original Tables are no longer extant. They may have been destroyed when the Gauls sacked Rome in 387 B.C. As a boy in school, Cicero claimed to have learned them by heart, but that "no one did so any longer" (106-43 B.C.).

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