Social Structures Of Ancient Rome
By: Jasdeep Kaur and Julia Esposito
The upper class
Equestrian:The basis for this class was economic. A man could be formally enrolled in the equestrian order if he could prove that he possessed a stable minimum amount of wealth (property worth at least 400,000) by extension his family members were also considered equestrians. Equestrians were primarily involved in the types of business prohibited to senators. Equestrians wore the tunic with narrow stripes
The Lower Class
Commons: All other freeborn Roman citizens. The special mark of dress for citizen males was the toga. All Roman citizens had the right to contract a legal marriage with another Roman citizen and beget legitimate children who were themselves Roman citizens.
Latin's: were freeborn residents of Italy, and of certain other Roman municipalities.
Freed people: Men and women who had been slaves but had bought their freedom or been manumitted.
Slaves: system of chattel slavery where human beings were born into slavery or sold into slavery through war or piracy. Slaves were the property of their owners by law, but by custom some slaves might be allowed their own savings with which they might later buy their freedom, or their masters could manumit them, so some mobility into the previous class was possible.