Patrician (auncient Roum)

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The term patrician (Laitin: patricius, Greek: πατρίκιος, patrikios) oreeginally referred tae a group o rulin class faimilies in auncient Roum, includin baith thair naitural an adoptit members. In the late Roman Empire, the class wis broadened tae include heich admeenistrative officials, an efter the faw o the Wastren Empire it remained a heich honorary title in the Byzantine Empire. Medieval patrician classes wur ance again formally defined groups o leadin burgess faimilies in mony medieval Italian republics, such as Venice an Genoa, an subsequently "patrician" acame a vaguer term uised for aristocrats an the heicher bourgeoisie in mony kintras.