The Rise of the Roman Republic. Republic. A form of government with elected leaders developed in Rome in 509 B.C.E. Not all citizens could participate At first, only the Patricians could vote and hold office. Created a divide between the Plebeians and Patricians.
Made up around 95% of the population
Plebs means “many”
Mostly peasants, farmers, laborers, craftspeople and shopkeepers.
Could not take part in the government at first
Served in the military