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ROMAN SOCIETY The changes in the Roman government affected the social classes and rights gradually became more equal among the people of Rome New laws and new leaders tried to make society become closer in equality through reforms It was a long and difficult process to be freed or to become a citizen of Rome and not many accomplished it Plebeians and woman were thought of as worthless citizens in society but through time they gained more rights To show that this is true I will be addressing four topics plebeians versus patricians women merchants and artisans and slaves and non-citizens When Rome established a republic in 509 BC two major classes developed The patricians controlled the government with a Senate made up of 300 elected officials The senate chose two consuls to administer the laws of Rome The only power that plebeians had in the government was with a popular assembly which approved the choice of consuls Plebeians could not hold public office or marry into a patrician family During the time of the Republic to the time of the empire plebeians who fought in many wars to help Rome gain power demanded more rights The government slowly began to change to appeal to plebeians who out-numbered everyone else in population Around 494 BC an Assembly of Centuries and an Assembly of Tribes rly of Centuries and an Assembly of Tribes replaced the popular assembly The Assembly of Centuries represented the Roman Army and all the classes that were included in it and they elected the consuls The Assembly of Tribes was made up of ten elected plebeians and spoke for the plebeians interests but had little influence on the government In 445 BC plebeians won the right to marry patricians The Assembly of Tribes gained the right to pass laws and veto any government action that threatened the rights
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