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    Posted: 07 Jun 2020 at 04:26
I'm delving into the subject of how significant the role of Equities was in Roman business and finances in 1-2 centuries AD.

I initially scavenged the following 3 sources:
Eck, Werner (2000): Emperor, Senate & Magistrates.
Talbert, Richard (1996): The Senate and Senatorial and Equestrian Posts.
Berry, D. H. 2003. "Eqvester Ordo Tvvs Est: Did Cicero Win His Cases Because of His Support for the Eqvites?" The Classical Quarterly 53, no. 1: 222–34. doi:10.1093/cq/53.1.222.

But they seem to contain not enough details. I'd appreciate more recommendations of info sources
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Originally posted by franciscosan franciscosan wrote:

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Originally posted by Vanuatu Vanuatu wrote:

https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00076791.2019.1656719?needAccess=true&journalCode=fbsh20


Mommsen gives an interesting account of Gaius Gracchus's administrative reform that concerned the Equites. Basically, Equites became extremely rich since that time, perhaps often richer than senators
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A unique opportunity arose for redistribution of wealth upon the death of King Attalus III of Pergamum in 133 BCE. When the king left his fortune to the people of Rome, Tiberius proposed using that money to purchase and distribute land to the poor. To pursue his agenda, Tiberius attempted to seek re-election to the tribune; this would be an illegal act. Tiberius did, in fact, receive enough votes for re-election—but the event led to a violent encounter in the Senate. Tiberius himself was beaten to death with chairs, along with hundreds of his followers.After Tiberius Gracchus was killed during the rioting in 133, his brother Gaius (154–121 BCE) stepped in. Gaius Gracchus took up the reform issues of his brother when he became tribune in 123 BCE, ten years after the death of brother Tiberius. He created a coalition of poor free men and equestrians who were willing to go along with his proposals.

In the mid 120s, the three main sources of Rome's grain outside Italy (Sicily, Sardinia, and North Africa) were disrupted by locusts and drought, impacting Romans, civilians, and soldiers. Gaius enacted a law that provided for the construction of state granaries, and a regular sale of grain to the citizens, as well as feeding the hungry and homeless with state-owned grain. Gaius also founded colonies in Italy and Carthage and instituted more humane laws surrounding military conscription.


Why were these guys so determined to help the poor? 

Was it more to do with diminishing the power of the Equites or social ideology?
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Originally posted by Vanuatu Vanuatu wrote:

Why were these guys so determined to help the poor? 

Was it more to do with diminishing the power of the Equites or social ideology?

Because they were plebs fed up with mistreatment by patricians. They tried to strengthen the class of equites financially because they viewed it as opportunity to build a strong opposition against the senators. 


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