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history paper 2 - Roman's values Seo-young Lim TA: Colleen...

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Roman’s values Seo-young Lim TA: Colleen Ho 12/3/07 From images of the city that was discovered, I conclude that inhabitants of this city belonged to Romans. All the images of the city, especially images of a map of forum which shows the temple of Jupiter (Roman chief god), Temple of Isis, and an arena, shows the clear proof. I also conclude that Romans valued water, diversity, intermingle of religion and daily lives, and law. Romans also valued luxury and wealth, strength, protection, and economy. Throughout this paper, I will prove that Roman Empire was able to last for about 900 years because of these values. I strongly believe that inhabitants of this city belonged to Romans. Map of the forum shows the temple of Jupiter and Apollo, which tells us that the inhabitants of this city definitely belonged to Romans. Jupiter is the Roman name of the Zeus. The Comitium was also a place in Rome, which was a secret place where officials called citizens to vote and judge the case of judicial trials. 1 Temple of the Isis was brought to Rome when Romans conquered Egypt. Apuleius, the priest of the temple of the Isis claimed that the Isis was manifestination of all the Roman gods through the book “ Golden Ass ”. 2 Romans also used arenas to hold circus contests, and to hold theatre performances and musical performances. The image of the map of the forum shows that Romans valued keeping a law in order because it has Basilica (law court) and the comitium. Comitium was a secret place where officials called citizens to vote and judge the case of judicial trials. 3 It shows that Romans 1 Digeser, 11/9/07 2 Digeser, 11/19/07 3 Digeser, 11/9/07 1
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wanted to give everyone a fair chance to contribute to Rome and to keep Rome in order by making everyone to obey laws. Since there was constant struggle between patricians (rich Romans) and plebians (poor Romans), a commission of ten Romans were appointed to make a legal code, which was the Twelve Tables, that would resolve the constant struggle between these two groups. The Table I says that “If anyone summons a man before the magistrate (laws), he must go. If the man summoned does not go, let the one summoning him call the bystanders to witness and then take him by force. If he shirks or runs away, let the summoner lay hands on him. [……. .] When the litigants settle their case by compromise, let the magistrate announce it. If they do not compromise, let them state each his own side of the case, in the comitium of the forum before noon. Afterwards let them talk it out together, while both are present. After noon, in case either party has failed to appear, let the magistrate pronounce judgment in favor of the
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