Social Structure In Ancient Rome Essay

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During times in ancient Rome there were two distinct political classes, the Patricians and the Plebeians. The Patricians were rich and powerful noble families who managed to secure power over the less-fortunate Plebeian families. The Plebeians were the commoners. They were the merchants, farmers, soldiers, and artisans of Rome.The Patricians expelled the Etruscan king and declared that Rome would be a republic. A republic is a form of government with elected officials. The Patricians elected senators to serve their interests. The Plebeians were allowed to vote, but only Patricians were allowed in the senate. Patricians monopolized all of the political offices ...view middle of the document...

The Patricians determined the price of grain, now that they were able to produce vast quantities of grain; this allowed the rich, to get richer.In protest the Plebeians on several occasions, abandoned the city and went on strike. This left the Patricians without a working class to support them. Without the Plebeians the Patricians could not function. The Patricians were willing to compromise. Although the Senate did not give the Plebeians exactly what they wanted, it did create military tribunes. The tribunes were to be elected by small farmers and by the Patricians, and the tribunes could be either Plebeians or Patricians. The farmer-soldiers were encouraged by this increase in their participation in government. It gave them more of a sense that in war they were fighting for their own interests, and this enhanced their morale and strengthened Rome as a military power.Much of what happened in Ancient Rome still happens in today's government. The rich and wealthy are able to use financial and political influence to insure they get and keep people in political offices and other influential positions that can benefit them. The rich and wealthy hold most of the political offices. The rich and wealthy control and enforce laws. The rich and wealthy are able to buy up small companies and create a Monopoly over goods. And like the Plebeians, one of the only ways for the common man to fight back is to unionize and strike.bibliographyTradations and Encounters; A Global Perspective on the Past3rd Edition

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