Differences Between Patricians And The Plebeians

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While not outwardly different under the rule of the kings, once Rome had eliminated Kingship, there was a wide and noticeable gap between the two classes of Romans: the patricians and the plebeians. The main economic and political differences between the two groups consisted primary of: the plebeians inability to hold certain, higher ranking offices, the drastic economic inequality unfair debt laws, and finally the "unequal division of public land" (Morey, 1901, para. 5). It 's not unreasonable to assume that most classes of people, at any time in history or in any geographic location would rise up and revolt against this oppressive and unfair aristocracy and this is exactly what the plebeians would do. In 494 B.C. the plebeians would secede …show more content…
At this time in human civilization the major form of wealth consisted mostly of property. Since the plebeians lost much of their land, as well as, their homes, due to wars there were left destitute (Morey, 1901). Without land to farm or room for animals to be grown it sent the plebeians into a downward spiral of poverty. Plebeians also severed other function in society such as craftsmen and laborers, but the one of the most crucial to the survival of even their oppressive patricians was the duty of Roman Solders (Nelson, 2016). As they depended on the lower class citizens for their protection, it was an obsolete must that that concede to some of the demands of the first plebeian revolt or else suffer the brutality of neighboring nations that would have loved to conquer …show more content…
3). The debt laws in Rome during this period where notoriously one-sided and unjust. The patricians kept the poor in a never ending cycle of un-payable debt and debtors prisons. A factor that further compounded this problem was that the laws were never committed to writing, leaving the plebeians unsure if they were getting a fair deal. As a result of the first secession of the plebeians, the patricians were forced to cancel all debts of those who were insolvent (Morey, 1901). It is possible this could be the first ever form of bankruptcy

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