nobiles

Roman nobility. When the plebeians obtained the right to hold the consulship, the exclusively patrician nobili...
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Nobiles

During the Roman Republic, nobilis (`noble,` plural nobiles) was a descriptive term of social rank, usually indicating that a member of the family had achieved the consulship. Those who belonged to the hereditary patrician families were noble, but plebeians whose ancestors were consuls were also considered nobiles. The transition to nobilitas th.....
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