The Culture of Ancient Rome Ancient Roman Society

The Culture of Ancient Rome Ancient Roman Society

9/26/17 The  Culture  of  Ancient  Rome Roman   writing  was   called  Latin;     it  was  based   on  Greek writing   The  Culture  of  Ancient  Ro...

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The  Culture  of  Ancient  Rome Roman   writing  was   called  Latin;     it  was  based   on  Greek writing  

The  Culture  of  Ancient  Rome Roman  architecture borrowed   heavily  from  Greek  styles

The  Culture  of  Ancient  Rome

Ancient  Roman  Society

Like  Greek  agoras,  Roman  cities  had  a  forum for  markets  and  public  gatherings  

Roman  society  w as  d ivided  into  three  m ajor  g roups

At  the  top  were  the  nobles (called  patricians);   they  controlled  most  of  the  land  and  held  key   military  and  government positions  

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Ancient  Roman  Society

The  Life  of  the  Patricians  

Roman  society  w as  d ivided  into  three  m ajor  g roups

Patricians  made  up  5% of  all  Roman  citizens

Ancient  Roman  Society

Ancient  Roman  Society

Most  Roman  people  were  commoners (called  plebeians);  they  were  farmers,   shopkeepers,  or  peasants

Plebeians  paid  the  majority  of  taxes collected  in  the  Roman  Republic;  they   made  up  95%  of  Roman  citizens

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The  Life  of  the  Plebeians

Ancient  Roman  Society At  the  bottom  of  society   were  slaves and  residents   of  the  Roman  Republic   who  were  not  Roman

Quick  Class   Discussion: Based  upon   this  image,   what  was   Roman   government   like?  

Quick  Class   Discussion: Based  upon   this  image,   what  was   Roman   government   like?  

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The  G overnment  of  Ancient  Rome When  Rome   was  first   founded,  it   was  ruled  by   kings;  but  in   509  BCE,  the   Romans   created  a   republic

The  Government  of  Ancient  Rome A  republic  is  a   form  of   government  in   which  citizens have  the  power   to  elect  their   leaders

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