name given to members of the old-established upper class in ancient Rome

A patrician was a member of the upper class in the two social classes in Ancient Rome. They were rich and powerful. The other class was the plebeian class.


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  • Gary Forsythe, 2005, A Critical History of Early Rome. University of California Press.
  • Kenny Zeng, 2007, A History Of Ancient and Early Rome

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