Plebeians

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Definition

Plebeians were members of the plebs, the hereditary social class of commoners in ancient Rome. Their exclusion from political power by the patricians, who claimed to be the descendants of the first senators, led to Conflict of the Orders, a centuries-long struggle for equal political rights for plebeians, which saw the creation of the Twelve Tables and other laws.

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Timeline

  • 494 BCE
    Traditional date the office of the tribuni plebis is created in Rome.
  • 451 BCE - 450 BCE
    Decemvirate and Publication of Twelve Tables of Roman Law.
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