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plebians

A Roman central citizen class with self-administrative rights.
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The Venetians, if their achievements are considered, will be seen to have acted safely and gloriously so long as they sent to war their own men, when with armed gentlemen and plebians they did valiantly.
It is well known that in the Roman republic the legislative authority, in the last resort, resided for ages in two different political bodies not as branches of the same legislature, but as distinct and independent legislatures, in each of which an opposite interest prevailed: in one the patrician; in the other, the plebian. Many arguments might have been adduced to prove the unfitness of two such seemingly contradictory authorities, each having power to ANNUL or REPEAL the acts of the other.
She was a large, sleek, gray-and-white cat, with an enormous dignity which was not at all impaired by any consciousness of her plebian origin.
It was like, 'we are the queens of the sky, we deign not to look or serve you proletarians and plebians!'
Shakespeare's Coriolanus begins at the pivotal moment when ordinary Romans (plebians) gain political representation with the creation of the office of the tribunes.
To corporate power brokers, Farage, a former banker, is almost "one of us", a useful temporary distraction for the plebians. Hence, daily coverage.
Three Jerks Jerky uses 100 percent filet mignon - it calls itself ''an aristocrat among plebians'' - to make its Original, Memphis BBQ and Chiptle Adobo flavored jerky.
179) In order to reconstruct how Weber systematically conducts this mode of causal analysis and civilizational comparison in his essays and working notes on the rise of the world religions, despite their often fragmented, incomplete, and vague character, Kalberg devotes a series of illuminating chapters to Weber's account of how the Confucian ethic of the tao (world adjustment and affirmation) furnishes the organizing principle of clan piety and patrimonial bureaucracy; how the Hindu ethic of the dharma (divinely ordered tasks and responsibilities) justifies caste alliances and systems of inheritance; and how the Judaic ethic of the berith (covenant, treaty, or oath) informs the conduct of a civic stratum of plebians and the messianic worldview of prophets.
That plan had been nixed as "unsportsmanlike." As everyone knows, wars are fought by gentlemen, even if the bulk of its victims always be plebians or, as we now say, "collateral damage.")
The carpenter, with his leather apron and his ruler, and the cobbler who mends bad soles are the voices of Shakespeare's neighbors in the market town of Stratford-upon-Avon or in the back streets around Shakespeare's Globe theater, not Roman plebians. Antiquity, for Shakespeare, was of interest not because it was different and exotic, but because it was an echo of his home time and place.
(24) But theatrical entertainments were biased towards audiences of 'plebians' more interested in the enjoyable, rather than the educational, qualities of the stage.