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History:Roman Class

Domus A patrician house in a town
Insulae A plebeian apartment
Patrician The wealthy, noble families that ruled Rome. They had huge estates and 100s of slaves. They controlled the Roman government and army.
Villa A patrician house in the countryside
Patrician jobs? They served in the Senate, were military generals or governors of Rome’s provinces.
What did patrician men wear? A toga (a long, white robe draped over the shoulder and down to the feet.
What did patrician women wear? A stole (a long dress)
Plebeian The poor, who made up the vast majority of the population of Rome.
Equites Plebeians who became quite wealthy through trading and business. They had money but no political power.
Plebeian jobs? They farmed, worked in trades and served in the army
What’s a dole? A payment of free grain, so they would support the rule of patricians.
What did plebeian men wear? A tunic to their knees
What did plebeian women wear? A plain stola (a long dress)
What did patrician and plebeian women have in common? Were citizens, but unable to vote or take part in public life.
Conferratio A Roman wedding ceremony
What age were Roman girls usually married? 14 or 15
Was divorce legal? Yes
Where was the conferratio held? The brides house
Why were marriages important? For money and political gain
What were typical Roman wives expected to do? Run the husbands home, make his clothes, supervise the slaves, bear a son and oversee the raising of the children
Created by: KMcBride007