The First Man in Rome Setting & Symbolism

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Patrician

The Roman aristocracy made up of the original families of Rome. An official class in Roman society, no non-Patrician could ever become a Patrician. That is, one is a member of this class based solely on their lineage.

Plebian

All non-Patricians were considered Plebeians. Early in the Republic this class could not hold any office and had virtually no power. Over time, through political reforms, the Plebeians gained more and more power.

Senate

The ruling body of the Roman republic, once only composed of Patricians, some non-Patricians eventually gained membership. One needed considerable wealth to qualify as a member and inside the Senate there was a strong hierarchy based on class.

Toga

The formal clothing of Roman citizens. Non-citizens were not permitted to wear the toga.

Rome

Both a city and a republic. Legend has it that Aeneas, son of Venus, founded the city after his wanderings...

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