Social Structure Ancient Rome
By Gunnar Yochim & Daniel Farrell
There are 6 social classes in Ancient Rome. These are, listed from best to worst, are Patricians, Senators, Equestrians, Commons, Freedpeople, and Slaves. They were based on heredity, property, wealth, citizenship, and freedom.
You could tell what social class someone was in by their clothing.
Patronage System was when Patricians offered protection to Freedpeople and Slaves by making them do their work for them. They protected them from their former owners who wanted them back.
Augustus was the ruler at the time. He made a big step by letting Equestrians becoming Senators. He ruled Ancient Rome from 27 BC- 14 AD.