Secessio plebis (withdrawal of the commoners, or Secession of the Plebs) was an informal exercise of power by Rome's plebeian citizens, similar to a general strike taken to the extreme. During a secessio plebis, the plebs would simply abandon the city en masse and leave the patrician order to themselves. Therefore, a secessio meant that all shops and workshops would shut down and commercial transactions would largely cease. This was an effective strategy in the Conflict of the Orders due to strength in numbers; plebeian citizens made up the vast majority of Rome's populace and produced most of its food and resources, while a patrician citizen was a member of the minority upper class, the equivalent of the landed gentry of later times. Authors report different numbers for how many secessions there were. Cary & Scullard state there were five between 494 BC and 287 BC.
Secessio Plebis (Secessió o separació dels plebeus) era l'acció, per part dels plebeus romans, similar a una vaga general portada a l'extrem, en el context de les lluites de poder entre plebeus i patricis (conflicte de les ordres) durant el període de la República romana.
Alguns expliquen aquestes secessions ja sigui entre les primeres vagues de la història o com una forma primerenca de vaga general.
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