One of the most apparent of Rome's continuing influences on today's society exists in the governmental structure and legal system in use in much of the western world.The Roman law as codified by Gaius during the Flavian emperors is today the basis for most European legal systems and laws.In this system, all laws are listed by crimes in one or more books.In England and the United States a variation of the Roman law called Common Law,is used.The XII Tables were drawn up by a special commission of Decemviri in 451-450 B. The tables were published in the Forum on bronze or wood. They made the law open and applicable, supposedly, to all citizens but those with wealth generally found ways to escape judgment.The original Tables perished when Rome was burnt by the Gauls. The laws of the Twelve Tables were never repealed but some fell into disuse as the centuries passed.
The Coricancha, or Temple of Gold, boasted an ornamental garden where the clods of earth, maize plants complete with leaves and corn cobs, were fashioned from silver and gold.Weak health and almost constant illness in early boyhood broke up his school life, — which appears to have been fitfully and most imperfectly conducted, — withdrew him from boyish games, but also gave him, as it has given to many other shy and sedentary boys, an early and inveterate passion for reading.His reading, however, was very unlike that of an ordinary boy.Nearby grazed a flock of 20 golden llamas and their lambs, watched over by solid gold shepherds.Inca nobles strolled around on sandals with silver soles protecting their feet from the hard streets of Cuzco.He has given a graphic picture of the ardour with which, when he was only fourteen, he flung himself into serious but unguided study; which was at first purely desultory, but gradually contracted into historic lines, and soon concentrated itself mainly on that Oriental history which he was one day so brilliantly to illuminate.