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Roman law is the legal system of ancient Rome, and the legal developments comprising more than a thousand years of jurisprudence from the Twelve Tables (c. 439 BC) to the Corpus Juris Civilis (AD 529) ordered by the emperor Justinian I. The historical importance of Roman law is reflected by the continued use of Latin legal terminology in legal systems influenced by it.

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The Twelve Tables and the Corpus Juris Civilis - Subpoena, habeas corpus, pro bono, affidavit—all these terms derive from the Roman legal system, which dominated Western law and government for centuries.

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Fascinating click-through article: "10 Innovations That Built Ancient Rome" -- Shown: "Bound books: Romans streamlined the medium by creating the codex, a stack of bound pages that is recognized as the earliest incarnation of the book"