Society in Ancient Rome


History of Society in Ancient Rome


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Perspective


The history of society in ancient Rome derives from its sense of shared identity among diverse peoples within its political system over a long span of time. From this, the proliferation of public monuments and communal spaces in forums, gladiatorial combats, amphitheaters, racetracks and baths helped foster this Roman identity.

The chronic civil war that brought Augustus to power sowed confusion and upheaval, but did not result in an immediate redistribution of wealth and social power. But personal relationships in patronage, friendship, family, and marriage continued to prevail in the exercise of power, as they had in the Republic. And, by the time of Nero’s reign, it was possible to find freed slaves who were richer than free-born citizens, and lesser nobility that wielded more power than senators.

This disintegration of rigid hierarchies and social obstacles during the Empire led to greater opportunity than under previous ancient societies. With that, women, freedmen, and slaves all were able to engage in commerce and exert influence in ways unavailable to them in the Republic. Social life in the Empire was facilitated by civic associations and fraternities formed for professional and trade groups, veterans’ associations, religious cults, drinking and feasting clubs, troupes for the performing arts troupes, burial societies, and more.


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Index

Society Index | Class: Social Orders: Patricians: OriginsPlebeians | Communities: Rome: FacilitiesForumHomesPalaces | Death | Environment: EmpirePompeii | Family | Food | Men | MoralsPopulation: FertilityJews | Public Health | Recreation: SpectaclesThe GamesTriumphs | Sexuality | Slavery: Daily LifeEmpireLegal Status | Values: EmpireLegacy of the Augustan AgeNational Character | Wealth: Artisanal ProductsTaste | Women: Fashion




history of Rome | society

Society: Index

social class in ancient Rome

Society: Class

social orders in Rome

Class: Social Orders

patricians of Rome

Class: Patricians

patricians  and social orders in Rome

Patricians: Orders

origins of the patrician class

Patricians: Origins

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plebeians

Class: Plebeians

communities in ancient Rome

Society: Communities

ancient Rome

Communities: Rome

facilities in ancient Rome

Rome: Facilities

palaces

Rome: Palaces

the Forum

Rome: Forum

history of Rome | homes

Rome: Homes

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history of Rome | death

Society: Death

society in the Roman Empire

Society: Empire

environment of the Roman Empire

Society: Environment

environment | Roman Empire

Environment: Empire

Pompeii

Environment: Pompeii

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family in ancient Rome

Society: Family

history of Ancient Rome | society | food

Society: Food

history of Ancient Rome | society | men

Society: Men

history of Ancient Rome | society | population

Society: Population

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history of Ancient Rome | society | fertility

Population: Fertility

history of Ancient Rome | society | Jews

Population: Jews

history of Ancient Rome | society | morals

Morals

history of Ancient Rome | society | public health

Society: Public Health

history of Ancient Rome | society | recreation

Society: Recreation

history of Ancient Rome | society | recreation | spectacles

Recreation: Spectacles

history of Ancient Rome | society | recreation | the Games

Recreation: The Games

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history of Ancient Rome | society | recreation | triumphs

Recreation: Triumphs

history of Ancient Rome | society | sexuality

Society: Sexuality

history of Ancient Rome | society | slavery

Society: Slavery

history of Ancient Rome | society | slavery | daily life

Slavery: Daily Life

history of Ancient Rome | society | slavery | Empire

Slavery: Empire

history of Ancient Rome | society | slavery | legal status

Slavery: Legal Status

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history of Ancient Rome | society | values

Society: Values

history of Ancient Rome | society | values | empire

Values: Empire

history of Ancient Rome | society | values | legacy of the Augustan era

Values: Legacy of the Augustan Era

history of Ancient Rome | society values | national character

Values: National Character

history of Ancient Rome | society | wealth

Society: Wealth

history of Ancient Rome | society | wealth | artisanal products

Wealth: Artisanal Products

history of Ancient Rome | society | taste

Wealth: Taste

history of Ancient Rome | society | women

Society: Women

history of Ancient Rome | society |  fashion

Women: Fashion

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