Struggle of the Orders

Struggle of the Orders - Struggle of the Orders 509 BC-...

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Struggle of the Orders 509 BC- tradition foundation date of republic population divided into Patricians and Plebeians (Plebes) equated with simple struggle of rich vs, poor more complex than that- Plebeians could be rich or poor Patricians- inherited status- certain families that claimed to have this elite status- don't know where it came from- wealthy and powerful- maybe they went back to the early days of Rome- only way a Plebeian could be a Patrician was through marriage or adoption- closed system Plebeians- everybody else, maybe- not certain- could have been another group in Roman society- included the rich, middle class, and the landless poor- could not run for office Patricians held exclusive control of the Senate and the Magistracies(consuls) Patricians also controlled certain priesthoods- gave them more political control- we have a strict separation of church and state- Rome was opposite- political offices had religious duties- certain priesthoods were elected or appointed for life- could say the gods only wanted this certain guy to be elected list of consuls- "fasti"- early years of the republic, the fasti listed Plebeians and Patricians Struggle of the Orders struggle over access to the highest offices- riches Plebeians wanted to by consuls issues of social justice and debt- appealed to poorer elements of Plebeians
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