|CHAPTER 31 But the Romans also knew that somebody had to do the work,
2 Or it wouldn't get done at all,
3 aBecause they certainly weren't going to do it,
4 Which is why they invented two classes,
5 bThe Patricians and the plebeians.
6 The Patricians believed in cdemocracy,
7 dExcept for slaves,
8 eNot including women,
9 Or plebeians,
10 And so set up a republic,
11 Which means that everyone is free and has a vote,
12 fUnless you're a slave or a woman or a plebeian.
13 The plebeians believed in what the Patricians told them to believe in,
14 Because the first rule of being a plebeian is to be obedient,
15 Especially to Patricians,
16 Who must know,
17 gOr why would they have all that money?
CHAPTER 41 The Roman democracy had a hsenate,
2 Where all the senators wore itogas with purple edges,
3 jAnd made great speeches to each other,
4 And to the consuls,
5 Who were elected to run things.
6 There were always two consuls,
7 Because the Romans didn't believe in kings,
8 Who had a habit of being untrustworthy,
||9 Which the Romans didn't approve of at all,
10 Since life gets difficult when you can't trust the king,
11 And life isn't supposed to be difficult,
12 kBut easy.
13 And so the Romans elected two consuls,
14 So that they could keep an leye on each other,
15 And the Patricians wouldn't have to do it.
CHAPTER 51 But there was a lot to do, so the plebeians were kept pretty busy,
2 mBuilding temples and monuments with stone inscriptions and so forth,
3 All over the place,
4 Not to mention naqueducts,
5 And bridges,
6 oAnd roads,
7 So that Roman legions could march out and conquer everybody who believed in the pwrong Gods,
8 Or qwho believed in the right Gods under the wrong names.
9 And so it was that the Romans invented a very important new concept,
10 Called "division of labor,"
11 Which worked very well.
12 For example,
13 The Patricians would think up a huge rengineering project,
14 And then the plebeians would build it;
15 The Patricians would think of ssomebody to have a war with,
16 And then the plebeians would fight it.
17 And sometimes they would even do things the other way around.