Roman Law Law and Legal Definition

Roman law is the legal system of ancient Rome. It is the form and content of law that was developed by the Romans during their 1,000 year empire starting in 500 BC. The law they developed was logical and for the most part, commensurate with most people's common sense. The development of Roman law comprises more than a thousand years of jurisprudence - from the Twelve Tables (ca. 439 BC) to the Corpus Juris Civilis (AD 528–35) ordered by Emperor Justinian I. Gradually, from the time of its publication in 533, Roman law permeated Europe and formed the basis of the civil law of Europe. Roman law is the source of modern civil law.