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date: 18 November 2019

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This article explains the presence of the Roman courtrooms in society. It reveals that the Roman courts are valuable sources of information on the social history of Rome. It then identifies the various individuals that compose the Roman legal system, such as the praetors and urban praetors. The next sections present a detailed discussion of the litigants, judges, audiences, and advocates of the Roman courtroom. It notes that the courts had a measure of social, political, cultural, and physical centrality, and that their predominantly public nature made them impossible to ignore.

Keywords: courtroom, legal system, praetors, urban praetors, public nature, litigants, judges, audiences, advocates

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