Roman Republic Question:

What does SPQR stand for, why is it important, and what were the Twelve Tables?


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After the last Etruscan king had been defeated, the Roman people vowed never to be ruled by a king again. SPQR stands for the Latin words Senatus Populus que Romanus or The Senate and People of Rome. SPQR was a description of the government of Rome during the republic. The Senate, as elected by the people, made and enforced the laws and rules of Rome. The Twelve Tables were the laws. The laws were written down and posted in every town. These laws applied to everyone.