One of the two groups that struggled for power in Rome. This group consisted of the common farmers, artisans, and merchants that made up the majority of the population. They had the right to vote, but they were barred by law from holding most important government positions. This group later formed their own assembly called tribunes, which protected the rights of this group from unfair acts of patrician officials. This group forced the creation of written law code so patricians could not interpret the laws to suit their needs.