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Social class in ancient Rome: Quiz


Question 1: The Augustanishian poet ________ was himself the child of a freedman from Venusia in southern Italy.
OvidBen JonsonVirgilHorace

Question 2: These distinctions continued until AD 212, when ________ extended full Roman citizenship to all free-born men in the empire.
Publius Septimius GetaCaracallaElagabalusSeptimius Severus

Question 3: Many of the ________ contain angry denouncements of the pretensions of wealthy freedmen, some 'with the chalk of the slave market still on their heel'.
Satires of JuvenalHeraclitusDemosthenesAlexander the Great

Question 4: ________ satirizes the wealth of the equites class in his Satyricon, describing a sumptuous dinner party hosted by the disagreeable knight Trimalchio.
PetroniusTigellinusPliny the ElderQuo Vadis (novel)

Question 5: The broadest division was by between patricians, those who could trace their ancestry to the first Senate established by ________,[1] and plebeians, all other citizens.
Roman KingdomPontifex MaximusRoman mythologyRomulus and Remus

Question 6: A plebeian, such as Marius or ________, who was the first of his line to become consul, was known as a novus homo ("new man"), and he and his descendants became nobiles ("nobles"); however they remained plebeian.
PompeyJulius CaesarCiceroMark Antony

Question 7: Certain political and quasi-political positions were filled by equites, including tax farming and, under the Principate, leadership of the ________.
Roman EmpirePraetorian GuardPraetorian prefectAugustus

Question 8: They won the right to stand for office, the abolition of the intermarriage law, and the office of ________ of the plebs.
Ancient RomeTribuneRoman RepublicCursus honorum

Question 9: Some patricians, notably ________, petitioned to be assigned plebeian status, partly in order to run for the position of tribune but also partly to lessen the patrician tax burden.
Julius CaesarCiceroPublius Clodius PulcherAugustus

Question 10: Horace, for instance, writes of his love for his young, attractive slaves, and in the epode Parentis olim chides ________ for eating garlic & onions and forcing his slave of the night to retreat to the edge of the bed.
Roman EmperorAugustusGaius MaecenasLivy


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