Continuing with Charlotte Yonge's book, chapters 9 and 10 describe Coriolanus, Cincinnatus and the Decemvirs.
The conflict between patricians and plebians reminded me of the parable about a kingdom divided.
Coriolanus - doesn't like plebians and fought against Rome (exiled 491BC) - There's a Shakespeare play about him. He's also in Plutarch's Lives. THis one says he's a Martian.
Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus (519–430 BC) - would be good to write about what makes him so great
Ten/Twelve Tables - first ten tables, then two supplementary tables were added.
Twelve tables - gives a view into life in Rome.
Decemvirs - Ten rulers, hanging onto power (very different to Cincinnatus). Appius Claudius then is very wicked. (451 BC)