Circe de clásicos y modernos
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GARCIA MAC GAW, Carlos. Debt and Social Classes in Early Roman Republic. Circe clás. mod. [online]. 2008, n.12, pp. 243-264. ISSN 1851-1724.
The article analyzes the emergence of the plebs in connection with the problem of debts during the first years of the Roman republic from certain fragments of the works of Titus Livius and of Dionysius de Halicarnassus. It is argued that the plebeians constituted a social group that in most cases was framed inside the Servian classis. Therefore, they were mainly small peasant owners. The existence of a certain type of taxes would have conducted some of them to the position of nexi.
Palabras clave : Rome; Plebs; Debts; Nexum; Peasants.