Rome

Rome

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  • In 616 BCE...
  • Hello! My name is Aurelia, and I am a patrician in Rome. Being a patrician means that I come from a wealthy family and have many rights, but I am a woman so my rights are limited.
  • I'm a patrician too!
  • We are plebeians, which means that we don't have as many rights as the patricians. A disadvantage of our social class is that we cannot run for public office.
  • They are lucky. My parents are slaves and I was born as a slave and I have no rights.
  • Boy, I want you to sweep the floor and then feed my cats. If you're good you might be fed some dinner. Also, get rid of those mice.
  • okay.
  • Later, at night.
  • I wonder what life would be like if everyone had the same rights... I'm going to get all of us plebeians together and complain to the Consuls.
  • Many years later in 281 BCE, the plebeian's complaining finally had some results. They had overpowered the consuls and had created the "12 tables" which gave them the ability to see the laws written down and judges couldnt change it.
  • WE WANT THE SAME RIGHTS!!!
  • The plebeians now had the same rights as the patricians, and they could also work in the public office and participate in the assembly now. They could even become a senate!
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