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or plebeians
[Lat. plebs=people], general body of Roman citizens, as distinct from the patrician class. They lacked, at first, most of the patrician rights, but with the establishment of the tribune of the people in the 5th cent. B.C.
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16) What was different about this treatment of the story by Shakespeare was the implication of the Elizabethan audience as potential or proxy plebeians.
The rain-drenched mob of 70,000 plebeians shuffled off home as they were told to do so; as steadfastly incarcerated in their class inferiority as ever they had been, despite all of the calls for courage and freedom that Mr Springsteen had implored of them for the previous three hours.
The Senators are having a right Roman wrestle with their conscience, Caesar is scared by the Soothsayer and the plebeians are ripe for revolt.
Komiaga will race in his Chinese-made Mercedov car in the special lane reserved for the privileged, while the plebeians are stuck in Moscow traffic; suppress unruly boyars (members of the aristocracy), rape, censor, do shady deals both for the benefit of the order and for the entertainment of the top brass, drink and indulge in potent and exquisite drugs, all the while convinced that he is a true defender of the pure Orthodox faith and the Russian king.
The effect of this claim is to deny the plebeians the right to demand accountability from the ruling class; when social arrangements are imagined not as expressions of class interest but as effects of natural law, the ruling class disappears from view and plebeian counterforce is figured as a monstrous violation of the natural.
Thinking ill of the plebeians, Coriolanus will not bow to the
In early modern England, and long before, there was a social contract between the landholders and the plebeians in which protection and recognition were given in return for political and economic support.
83) His statements reveal concerns about interacting with plebeians or servants who were "ignorant of the fundamental principles of hygiene.
Does Berman think that the voters in Rumney and Llanrumney are plebeians, who are not responsible enough to know what they want?
And does not the fickleness of the Roman plebeians require countermanding?
Lemire argues that far from simply imitating the fashion of their betters, plebeians had their own styles and preferences.
He dealt with the responsibility of intellectuals in Local Anaesthetic, From the Diary of a Snail and in his "German tragedy" The Plebeians Rehearse the Uprising, and published political speeches and essays in which he advocated a Germany free from fanaticism and totalitarian ideologies.