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The Struggle of the Orders although commonly thought to be a successful venture by the plebeians to gain a legislated equality was merely a transition of power from a patrician-ruled aristocracy to the Nobilis - a class consisting of the best of both worlds In the time leading up to and throughout the Struggle the classes vied for power the plebeians pushing to gain it and the patricians grasping at the threads of their failing authority With the close of the Struggle of the Orders a new class was formed and raised to rule - the Nobilis The Struggle of the Orders was essentially a class conflict however not in a fiscal sense unlike Marxian classes the gap between the plebeians - who were the lower class and the patricians - the upper class was a legal issue Nicols J 2005 The patricians were a small group of citizens - they represented less than 10 of Romes population - who were legally and socially superior to the majority of citizens Gowen H 2001 Through their acquisition of wealth and land and having descended from the Patres - the original Roman senators - they had gained this privileged position dominating the social political and economic arenas Ross S 2005 The plebeians were the rest of the Roman people this group ranged from peasants farmers and labourers to the richest members who were equal to the patricians in all but class-status In reality both classes had their wealthy and poor members the classes were a distinction carried over from the fall of the Roman Kingdom that allowed patricians sole access to the Kings imperium - the power of law and command UNRV 2003 Due to this distinction and hence the plebeians absent representation the class gap became an ever-widening gorge in Romes new government From its earliest stages the Roman Republic was destined for failure in a virtual transfer of power from Tarquin the Great
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