Plebeians


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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.
'Really, ma'am,' returned Clennam, 'I am so undoubtedly plebeian myself, that I do not feel qualified to judge.'
As we were so closely connected, and on the whole were affectionate as became brothers and sisters, it was the common wish that we might not be separated, but go together into the same wardrobe, let it be foreign or domestic, that of prince or plebeian. There were a few among us who spoke of the Duchesse de Berri as our future mistress; but the notion prevailed that we should so soon pass into the hands of a femme de chambre, as to render the selection little desirable.
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."
A Kolkata dramatist had translated 'The Plebeians' by Grass and decided to stage it.
One such struggle was between patricians and plebeians. Broadly speaking, patricians were a group of ruling elite class families who controlled most of the positions of power and resources.
That powerful office was (https://www.britannica.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.
"Thus," writes Myers, "largely through the workings of the public land system, the Roman people had become divided into two great classes, which are variously designated as the Rich and the Poor, the Possessors and the Non-Possessors, the Optimates, the 'Best,' and the Populares, the 'People.' We hear nothing more of the patricians and plebeians."
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.' The movie follows privileged law students undergoing initiation to join a fraternity.