• (adj): Of or associated with the great masses of people.
    Example: "His square plebeian nose"
    Synonyms: common, vulgar, unwashed
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on plebeians, plebeian:

Constitution Of The Roman Republic - Constitutional History (509–133 BC)
... In the year 494 BC, the plebeians (commoners) seceded to the Mons Sacer, and demanded of the patricians (the aristocrats) the right to elect their own officials ... The Patricians duly capitulated, and the plebeians ended their secession ... The plebeians called these new officials "Plebeian Tribunes", and gave these tribunes two assistants, called "Plebeian Aediles" ...
Lex Hortensia - Growing Plebeian Privilege and The “Struggle Between The Classes”
... In 494 BC, when the plebeians organized en masse and seceded to the Sacred Hill, they forced the higher orders to recognize them “as a constituted order with assemblies and ... Hortensius sponsored a law which gave the Plebeian Council the right to enact laws (plebiscites) that were not subject to vetoes by the senate ... of the Punic Wars from 264 to 146 BC between Carthage and Rome, the plebeian assembly had been delegated the entirety of powers similarly granted to the populous ...
Executive Magistrate Of The Roman Republic - Plebeian Magistrates
... Since the plebeian tribunes and plebeian aediles were elected by the plebeians (commoners) in the Plebeian Council, rather than by all of the People of Rome (plebeians and the ... While the term "plebeian magistrate" (magistratus plebeii) has been used as an approximation, it is technically a contradiction ... The plebeian aedile functioned as the tribune's assistant, and often performed similar duties as did the curule aediles (discussed above) ...
Leges Genuciae
... or Lex Genucia de feneratione) were laws passed in 342 BC by plebeian consul Lucius Genucius ... Finally they required one consul to be plebeian and also permitted both plebeian consuls (first such case was in 172 BC) ...
Social Class In Ancient Rome - Patricians and Plebeians
... This office, founded in 494 BC as a result of a plebeian secession, was the main legal bulwark against the powers of the patrician class, and only plebeians ... The tribunes originally had the power to protect any plebeian from a patrician magistrate ... Pulcher in the late 60s BC, petitioned to be assigned plebeian status, in order to accumulate the political influence among the people that the office of tribune afforded ...

More definitions of "plebeian":

  • (noun): One of the common people.
    Synonyms: pleb
  • (adj): Of the common people of ancient Rome.
    Example: "A plebeian magistrate"

Famous quotes containing the word plebeian:

    The usual picture of Socrates is of an ugly little plebeian who inspired a handsome young nobleman to write long dialogues on large topics.
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    The modern picture of The Artist began to form: The poor, but free spirit, plebeian but aspiring only to be classless, to cut himself forever free from the bonds of the greedy bourgeoisie, to be whatever the fat burghers feared most, to cross the line wherever they drew it, to look at the world in a way they couldn’t see, to be high, live low, stay young forever—in short, to be the bohemian.
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