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== Roman Society ==
 
== Roman Society ==
Roman Society was stratified on class lines, with a number of tiers based off a number of factors including wealth and integration into roman society. Leaving aside the Imperial Throne, at the top was the patrician class, who owned large amounts of land or had income through trade connections and owning centers of manufacturing (the latter two being seen as less prestigious than land ownership) and were usually versed in Roman Law. Beneath them where the Plebs, who were lower classes of artisans, workers and farmers that still held citizenship. These people were usually the clients of Patrician patrons, in exchange for supporting their Patron politically and providing various services when needs, the patron would represent his clients in court, offer financial support and help them in business deals. At the bottom of Roman Society was a large population of [[Slavery|Slave]]s, making up as much as fifty percent of the Roman Population employed in every job from mine workers to administrators in the Roman Government. Many slaves were eventually granted freedom by their masters, either as a gift by a beneficent master or by buying their freedom. Usually freed slaves became the clients of their former masters.
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Roman Society was stratified on class lines, with a number of tiers based off a number of factors including wealth, ansestory and integration into roman society. Leaving aside the Imperial Throne, at the top was the patrician class, who owned large amounts of land or had income through trade connections and owning centers of manufacturing (the latter two being seen as less prestigious than land ownership) and were usually versed in Roman Law. Beneath them where the Plebs, who were lower classes of artisans, workers and farmers that still held citizenship. These people were usually the clients of Patrician patrons, in exchange for supporting their Patron politically and providing various services when needs, the patron would represent his clients in court, offer financial support and help them in business deals. At the bottom of Roman Society was a large population of [[Slavery|Slave]]s, making up as much as fifty percent of the Roman Population employed in every job from mine workers to administrators in the Roman Government. Many slaves were eventually granted freedom by their masters, either as a gift by a beneficent master or by buying their freedom. Usually freed slaves became the clients of their former masters.
  
 
In addition to the citizen classes and slaves existed various subject peoples, including denizens of Roman client kingdoms and people who lived in newly conquered areas that had not been enslaved. These peoples could be wealthy and prominently local, but were usually at a major social disadvantage due to their lack of citizenship. Fortunately for these subject peoples the Romans opened a number of paths to citizenship and would occasionally elevate entire regions to Roman Citizenship as a means of integrating these populations.
 
In addition to the citizen classes and slaves existed various subject peoples, including denizens of Roman client kingdoms and people who lived in newly conquered areas that had not been enslaved. These peoples could be wealthy and prominently local, but were usually at a major social disadvantage due to their lack of citizenship. Fortunately for these subject peoples the Romans opened a number of paths to citizenship and would occasionally elevate entire regions to Roman Citizenship as a means of integrating these populations.

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