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PLEBEIANS. One of the divisions of the people in ancient Rome; that class which was composed of those who were not nobles nor slaves. Vide Smith's Dic. Gr. & Rom. Antiq. art. Plebes.

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Freeman and slave, patrician and plebeian, lord and serf, guild-master and journeyman, in a word, oppressor and oppressed, stood in constant opposition to one another, carried on an uninterrupted, now hidden, now open fight, a fight that each time ended, either in a revolutionary re-constitution of society at large, or in the common ruin of the contending classes.
They were generally poverty-stricken; always plebeian and obscure; working with unsuccessful diligence at handicrafts; laboring on the wharves, or following the sea, as sailors before the mast; living here and there about the town, in hired tenements, and coming finally to the almshouse as the natural home of their old age.
The Pyncheons, if all stories were true, haughtily as they bore themselves in the noonday streets of their native town, were no better than bond-servants to these plebeian Maules, on entering the topsy-turvy commonwealth of sleep.
It is you, William, who are the aristocrat of your family, and you are not as fine a fellow as your plebeian brother by long chalk.
com/place/ancient-Rome) created to represent the plebeians , the commoners of ancient Rome, and helped balance the power of the upper classes in government.
After considerable agitation, the Senate accepted a new agency of government, a collection of "tribunes," selected by an assembly of plebeians and charged with protecting the plebeian class against injustice or harshness from patrician magistrates.
He's apparently dating Rihanna, which is most of the reason it's good to be Drake, but he's also got lots of money and other stuff that probably makes him happy too, contrary to what is accepted among us plebeians.
In an essay published June 30, Tsui, who saw the Filipino film at the Karlovy Vary film fest (ongoing until July 9), describes it as 'a harsh but heartening hymn set amidst the lives of both moneyed young gods and penniless plebeians.
Janet Adelman briefly notes that Coriolanus objects to the wound display because it would both compromise his masculinity and "reveal his kinship with the plebeians .
The fairytale is the vehicle on which to load up the trends of 2014, taking in loom bands, selfies and even plebeians (think Andrew Mitchell).
The real problem, as with so many critical issues nowadays, is that we plebeians are deliberately kept from knowing what is really going on.
Whereas plebeians enlisted traveling friends to deliver messages, elites dispatched them via slaves, who often waited at the recipient's home for a reply--"the Roman equivalent of broadband," Standage writes.