Roman Social Structure Essay

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Social Structure The Romans made a government called the Roman Republic. This is a very well known government because many countries use this type of Government too, even today like the United States. The way this government was made was in 509 BCE, the Romans took the Etruscans ' power. Before this, the Etruscans had ruled over the Romans. Once they were free, they made a republic. The Roman Republic and the way it worked was citizens had elected representatives, which is how it works now. Keep in mind, the government changed a lot in its time. The aristocracy, which was the rich class, commanded the early Republic. In Roman society, the aristocrats were known as patricians. The highest position in the Republic was held by the consuls, who were the "rulers" the Roman Republic. A senate made up of patricians elected these people to become consuls. Lower-class citizens, or what…show more content…
The "power" was only allowed to the patricians at first too. The Senate had different executive power called auctoritas. Even though it had no legal power, it still had some influence as advice of sorts to the consuls and later on, emperors. Members of this were unpaid and served for life unless they did something bad and were guilty. Senators were not allowed banking or trade either. Remember how I said the assemblies has more power? Well, I will explain. Instead of the authority in the Senate, the power to pass laws was given to some of the popular assemblies. The first assembly was the Comitia Curiata. It was a legislative body that has been around since the kings were still around. It eventually evolved into the Comitia Centuriata. Next was the Concilium Plebis, which was the plebeian assembly, obviously. And the last one, also dating back to the time of the monarchy, there were the various smaller tribal
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