(Agrippa Menenius Lanatus)~ 503 BC
|A COUNCIL OF ROMANS|
Agrippa Menenius is associated with the story of the plebeian 'peaceful revolution.' In
the year 503 B
., the plebeians were so incensed by their poor treatment from the patricians
that they walked out of the city and set up a camp in the hills, just as Rome was being threatened
by one of its enemies. Menenius went to negotiate with the deserters, and told them the
famous parable of the 'Members against the Belly.' The main concession on the part of the
patricians was the creation of a new office, the tribune, who would see that plebeian
rights were not violated.
||Hero, provoked to turn traitor. Convinced by his mother to spare Rome from destruction.