An Etruscan speciality was near life size tomb effigies in terracottausually lying on top of a sarcophagus lid propped up on one elbow in the pose of a diner in that period. As the expanding Roman Republic began to conquer Greek territory, at first in Southern Italy and then the entire Hellenistic world except for the Parthian far east, official and patrician sculpture became largely an extension of the Hellenistic style, from which specifically Roman elements are hard to disentangle, especially as so much Greek sculpture survives only in copies of the Roman period.
A late Republican banquet scene in a fresco from HerculaneumItaly, c. The Pater familias was the absolute head of the family; he was the master over his wife if she was given to him cum manuotherwise the father of the wife retained patria potestashis children, the wives of his sons again if married cum manu which became rarer towards the end of the Republicthe nephews, the slaves and the freedmen liberated slaves, the first generation still legally inferior to the freeborndisposing of them and of their goods at will, even having them put to death.
Slavery and slaves were part of the social order. The slaves were mostly prisoners of war. There were slave markets where they could be bought and sold. Roman law was not consistent about the status of slaves, except that they were considered like any other moveable property.
Many slaves were freed by the masters for fine services rendered; some slaves could save money to buy their freedom. Generally mutilation and murder of slaves was prohibited by legislation,[ citation needed ] although outrageous cruelty continued.
Apart from these families called gentes and the slaves legally objects, mancipia i.
They had no legal capacity and were not able to make contracts, even though they were not slaves. To deal with this problem, the so-called clientela was created. By this institution, a plebeian joined the family of a patrician in a legal sense and could close contracts by mediation of his patrician pater familias.
Everything the plebeian possessed or acquired legally belonged to the gens. He was not allowed to form his own gens. The authority of the pater familias was unlimited, be it in civil rights as well as in criminal law.
The patricians were divided into three tribes Ramnenses, Titientes, Luceres. These included patricians and plebeians. Women, slaves, and children were not allowed to vote.
There were two assemblies, the assembly of centuries comitia centuriata and the assembly of tribes comitia tributawhich were made up of all the citizens of Rome.
In the comitia centuriata the Romans were divided according to age, wealth and residence. The citizens in each tribe were divided into five classes based on property and then each group was subdivided into two centuries by age.
All in all, there were centuries.
Like the assembly of tribes, each century had one vote. The Comitia Centuriata elected the praetors judicial magistratesthe censorsand the consuls. The comitia tributa comprised thirty-five tribes from Rome and the country.
Each tribe had a single vote. Fresco of a seated woman from Stabiae1st century AD Over time, Roman law evolved considerably, as well as social views, emancipating to increasing degrees family members.Feb 17, · Did ordinary people suffer under a tyranny, when Rome seized power in Britain, or were there advantages to foreign rule?
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