Learning Exercise

The Trial of Gaius Verres

The Trial of Gaius Verres details the corruption common in the last years of the Roman Republic. The Trial introduces one of the greatest orators in history-Cicero. The Trial raises the critical issue of whether or not a Roman citizen could get a fair trail in the Roman Republic.
Course: Western Civilization

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Instructions: Once the page "Exploring Constitutional Law" comes up, Scroll to the bottom of the page and Click "Famous Trials." Click "The Trial of Gaius Verres." Read: Trial Details, Procedure in the Verres Trial, Bio of Cicero, The Crimes of Verres, Cicero's Divination, The Pleadings of Cicero. Write a 5-7 page paper answering the following questions: 1. Who was Gaius Verres? 2. Who was Cicero? 3. What are the trial details? 4. Describe in detail the role Cicero played in the trial. 4. What were the crimes of Gaius Verres? 5. What was Cicero's Divination? 6. Summarize the pleadings of Cicero. 7. Did Gaius Verres get a fair trial? 8. What role did Cicero play in the trial's outcome?


Roman Republic Ancient History

Learning Objectives

To acquaint students with the legal procedures used in the Roman Republic. To introduce students to major figures in the history of the Roman Republic. To permit students to determine the fairness of the legal system of the Roman Republic.