Essay about Social Class And The Roman Empire

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Social Class Issues in the Roman Empire Before the second century BCE, Roman society consisted of a Patricians class, an aristocratic class which hereditary relationship determined entrance to class. The second class stood as the Plebeians, also known as the common people. A member of one class could not move up or down in between the classes because marriage of different classes was illegal. The Plebeians began to fight this injustice in 494 BCE and this event was called the Conflict of Orders. The Conflict of Orders lasted over 200 years and took three sessions of Assembly. After the Third Secession, in 287 BCE Plebeians were allowed to move up to the Patricians class. Roman Society then broke off into to two major classes, the upper class, and the lower class and the Patricians and Plebeians classes vanished (McManus 1). The Upper class consisted of the Senatorial and Equestrian classes. Many subclasses create the Lower class, in order of freedom and rights, Commons, Latins, Foreigners, Freed people and Slaves. An analysis of the Roman social structure reveals many social injustices between two large societal groups; the Slaves group faced rights restrictions, lived in dreaded conditions and required to wear certain demeaning dress. The Senatorial class held senators and politicians in its ranks. Most men in this class held positions as senators or had fathers in the senate. To attain the right as a senator one had to prove that he had property that was worth 1,000,000…

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