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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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Patricians wanted to hamper the access of plebeians to the law as an instrument of control.
The 2,000-year-old sundial, a rare find because it is intact, according to the ( University of Cambridge , contains an inscription in ancient Roman lettering on its base that translates to the man's name, "Marcus Novius Tubula, son of Marcus" and another on the dial that says he was a plebeian tribune.
This soon stirred concerns among other Romans, notably the plebeian majority, largely small landowners and farmers, who felt themselves increasingly vulnerable to arbitrary rule by the patrician oligarchy.
Janet Adelman briefly notes that Coriolanus objects to the wound display because it would both compromise his masculinity and "reveal his kinship with the plebeians ...
The fairytale is the vehicle on which to load up the trends of 2014, taking in loom bands, selfies and even plebeians (think Andrew Mitchell).
The real problem, as with so many critical issues nowadays, is that we plebeians are deliberately kept from knowing what is really going on.
Whereas plebeians enlisted traveling friends to deliver messages, elites dispatched them via slaves, who often waited at the recipient's home for a reply--"the Roman equivalent of broadband," Standage writes.
Castle Hill is for the people, owned by the people (or Plebeians).
The ancient Roman ploy of putting on games to distract the plebeians from the failings in their society.
I always assumed sailing was just posh people messing about in boats we plebeians can't afford but well done to Cheshire-born Ben Ainslie who grabbed another gold after starting his sailing career aged just eight, messing about in a boat I couldn't afford.
The Senators are having a right Roman wrestle with their conscience, Caesar is scared by the Soothsayer and the plebeians are ripe for revolt.
Like liberalism elsewhere in Brazil and Latin America, in 1880s and 1890s Rio Grande do Sul it was positivism that most contributed to "create the political opportunity for an incipient incorporation of plebeians into the formal Political realm" (11).