The Political Differences Between Patricians And The Plebeian Classes

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DISCUSS HOW THE ECONOMIC & POLITICAL DIFFERENCES BETWEEN PATRICIANS AND THE PLEBEIAN CLASSES ULTIMATELY LED TO A PLEBEIAN REVOLT. INCLUDE RESULTS OF THE FIRST REVOLT OR SECESSION. Introduction The Roman citizens were divided into two classes, the Plebeians and the Patricians. A struggle developed between the two classes over political and economic differences, which led to a Plebeian revolt. The Patrician was the aristocrats or upper-class group of the Roman citizens. On the contrary, the Plebeians were the lower class, known as ‘plebs’. This two social classes of the Roman citizens rarely mixed socially and struggle for political power. Patricians and Plebeians Political and Economic Differences Politically, the Patrician monopolized the magistrates ' office and wanted to keep everyone else excluded from the public office. Naturally, the Plebeians would want an equal share of power and to have a voice in the Roman government. The Patricians had kept the Plebeians out of political office by sending them to wars, which kept them busy fighting especially during the expulsions of the kings. For this reason, their properties and land were claimed by the Patricians, making the Plebeians impoverished and distressed. Furthermore, the Plebeians had no voting rights and no voice on how their money (taxes) should be spent (Livius, 2015). Consequently, a series of grievances against the Patrician led to the Plebeian revolt. The Plebeian Revolt The Plebeian’s revolt

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