Plebeians, right, were farmers and workers who made up most of the Roman empire. Lower class people made up 95% of Rome. Patricians, left, were powerful landowners who controlled Roman government and society. Upper class people made up only 5% of Rome.
The twelve tables
The Twelve Tables impacted the Plebeians by giving them more respect and power in the government. The power the plebeians had in the Roman government was that they could veto or refuse a law that was unfair to them. Also one of the two consuls were plebeian. The Twelve tables also kept the Patricians from changing the laws to better benefit themselves.
From monarchy to republic
The Romans switched from a monarchy to a republic because in a monarchy one ruler had all the power and then abused it. The Romans became tired of this and using the process of checks and balances made sure no one had too much power.
Similarities and differences between the Roman republic and the united states government.
They are similar because they both had a legislative, executive, and judicial branches, they both had to throw off a foreign power to establish a nation, and they both had a system of checks and balances. They are different because Rome kept conquering and controlled by subjection, and Rome had a Caesar who ran most things without control by others.