Plebs (Middle and Late Republic)

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Abstract Having gained important political rights in the Early Republican “Struggle of the Orders,” the Roman plebs exercised them through its voting power in the popular assemblies, and through the office of the tribune of the plebs. The Middle Republic was a period of relative stability, with the common people generally content to accept the Senate's leadership. The Late Republic was a period of social and political upheaval, increasingly violent, when the plebs repeatedly supported “popular” politicians who challenged the Senate, ending in civil war and in the collapse of the Republic.
Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationThe Encyclopedia of Ancient History
EditorsR.S. Bagnall, K. Brodersen, C.B. Champion, A. Erskine , S.R. Huebner
PublisherJohn Wiley and Sons
Number of pages3
ISBN (Print)9781444338386
StatePublished - 2016


  • agrarian laws
  • corn laws
  • plebs
  • popular assemblies
  • rural plebs
  • tribunes of the plebs
  • urban plebs


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