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Definition: Class made up mostly of wealthy landowners and businessmen. Originally, only patricians could hold governmental office. Then, only patricians could be consuls. Finally, patricians agreed to share all governmental offices (until the empire, of course).

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About Roman Law and Government
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Politics in Ancient Rome
The story of Roman representative government from its very beginnings.

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The Story of the Roman Senate
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Roman Society
See for yourself how the Romans lived.

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