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Class and Rank in the Roman Empire

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600 Senators Wealthy Knights Honorable Men Common Workers (citizens)
Common Workers (non-citizens)
Slave

The Roman Empire had a class structure based on wealth, birth, and citizenship. At the very top of Roman society was the emperor, who was considered the empire’s “first citizen.” Some emperors even declared themselves to be equal with the gods. Below the emperor were six hundred senators, who were the empire’s wealthiest citizens. Next came a group known as “knights,” who had reached a certain level of wealth. They were well-educated and often were recruited to serve in the government of the empire. Beneath them were wealthy local citizens, known as “honorable men,” who formed city councils. The upper classes in Roman society wore special clothes and got the best seats at special events.

Below these top groups came the large group of ordinary working people. They were divided into levels. First came those who were not wealthy but still had the privileges of Roman citizenship. Rome recognized only a small group of its subjects as full citizens. Citizens had the freedom and protection of their personal rights. For example, the apostle Paul was able to have his trial in Rome because he was a Roman citizen (Acts 16.37; 22.27). Jesus was not a Roman citizen, so he could be condemned to death without a formal trial by the personal decision of the Roman governor, Pontius Pilate.

Below citizens in the class structure was a large group of non-citizens who were free but did not have the special privileges allowed to Roman citizens. And beneath these non-citizens, at the very bottom of the class structure, were slaves, who could legally be bought or sold, beaten or tortured, as their owners saw fit. Slaves worked mostly as household servants for the rich. At the time of Jesus, almost one-third of the population of Italy were slaves. Slavery was very common and accepted throughout the Roman Empire in Jesus’ day.

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children, economy, mother, privilege, rank, roman empire, ruins, slave, social classes, wealthy

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I am permanently disabled and work at home. Previously, I have been employed as Art Director at California Manufacturers Association and Production Artist at SMW Communications of Sacramento CA.

I studied art at The Academy of Art in San Francisco 1977-79
Mediums:
Oils. Acrylics. Watercolors. Pastels. Inks. Charcoals. Graphites.

Currently I am focused and self taught in Digital Art.

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Comments

  • HKBlack
    HKBlackover 4 years ago

    Nice how you did this-as I find myself at your site again.

  • AW…THANK YOU EVER SO KINDLY ….;)

    – Tammera

  • HKBlack
    HKBlackover 4 years ago

    Yeah -the classes thing-seems to happen everywhere and always-some places are just worse than others-like India years ago.

  • TIS SO VERY TRUE…
    THANK YOU FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT…;)

    – Tammera

  • HOWEVER…
    NO MATTER HOW MUCH MONEY THE PRIVILEGED HAD THE EMPIRE FINALLY FELL…

    THATS WHY I DID THIS WORK THIS WAY…WITH THE EDGES OF THE RICH HOME BEING EATEN AT…;)

    – Tammera

  • A-New-Start
    A-New-Startover 4 years ago

  • THANK YOU AGAIN DEAR CHERYL…;)

    – Tammera

  • Mystic Raven 9
    Mystic Raven 9over 4 years ago

    Oh wow!! This is so beautiful Tammera!!! You have such a wonderful talent friend!!! : )

  • THANK YOU KINDLY DEAR NINA…;)

    – Tammera

  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageover 4 years ago

  • THANK YOU FRANCIS…:)

    – Tammera

  • Albert
    Albertabout 4 years ago

    Oh wow!!

  • THANK YOU KINDLY, ALBERT…:)

    – Tammera

  • Ian Stevenson
    Ian Stevensonalmost 4 years ago

  • FEATURE!!!
    WHOO HOOO…
    THANK YOU EVER SO KINDLY FOR THIS HONOR OF A FEATURE IN THE GROUP..:)

    – Tammera

  • loiteke
    loitekealmost 4 years ago

    So beautiful again.

  • THANK YOU SO VERY KINDLY MEELI FOR YOU KIND SUPPORT…:)

    – Tammera

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castroalmost 4 years ago

  • FEATURE!!
    THANK YOU EVER SO KINDLY FOR THIS HONOR OF A FEATURE IN THE GROUP…:)
    BEAUTIFUL BANNER..:)

    – Tammera

  • zooreka
    zoorekaalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful Work Tammera…WOnderful Classical piece

  • AWW…THANX EVER SO KINDLY ZOO..:)

    – Tammera

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