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Unformatted text preview: Roman from the city of Rome 10% of the population was classified as Roman 2 orders evolved Patricians: hereditary aristocrats whose heads of family formed the Senate (senex; elder) the ruling council Plebeians (Plebs): mostly farmers relationship between the two were patrondient by early 3 rd c BCE, plebs seek to share power with patricians Roman Law: from oral to written in early republic, law was oral tradition handed down from generation to generation among patrician senators tribunes had right to say veto when patricians acted against pleb interests plebeians demanded that the laws be written down The 12 Tables (450 BCE) laws that debt with trial procedures, inheritances, property favored the patricians prohibited marriage between patrician and plebian families plebians fought for and won greater political role...
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