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  • n. Plural form of patrician.


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  • They were? patricians? from the Latin word? pater,? meaning? father.?


  • The senators are to be chosen by the patricians of each city; that is, the patricians of one city are to elect in their own council a fixed number of senators from their colleagues of their own city, which number is to be to that of the patricians of that city as one to twelve

    A Political Treatise

  • Sometime during the regal period a group of gentes, called patricians, secured for themselves certain political and religious privileges to the exclusion of other plebeian gentes.

    c. Economy, Society, and Culture

  • The patricians were the descendants of the original founders of the city.

    Ancient Rome : from the earliest times down to 476 A. D.

  • The nobles were called patricians, [19] and the common people were known as plebeians.

    Early European History

  • Rome were called patricians or nobles, while the rest were plebeians or common people.

    Introductory American History

  • The last act of the patricians was the foundation of the university (1388), which rapidly began to prosper.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 4: Clandestinity-Diocesan Chancery

  • All of them were what may fairly be called patricians, men of birth and breeding; they were the possessors of a certain culture and refinement, were descended from well-known families, and there seemed every reason to believe that the administration of the country would be continued in the hands of such men.

    American Men of Action

  • The plebeians were eager to gain equal rights with the patricians, and the patricians were anxious not to let the government of the Republic slip from their grasp since they could foresee from the first victories Rome's great destiny.

    Ernesto Teodoro Moneta - Nobel Lecture

  • This spirit of moderation shown by the tribune relieved the fears of the patricians, but it also intensified their resentment against the consuls, for they seemed to be so wholly devoted to the plebs, that the safety and liberty of the patricians were a matter of more immediate concern to the plebeian than they were to the patrician magistrates.

    The History of Rome, Vol. I


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