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The Equestrian Order is the Plebeian
nobility. These are Plebeians who have ennobled themselves by entering the Senate. Also
referred to as the Equites, or Knights. In Roman antiquity, these were the wealthy, landed
Plebeian merchant class granted a "Public Horse" by the State so they could act
as the Republic's cavalry. Anyone below this rank should not have any purple in
their costume at all. Purple was reserved for the nobility. Equestrians wore a slim (one
inch width) purple stripe (clavus) down the right of their tunics (front and back)
to signify their noble status. Optionally, Equestrians may wear a plain gold ring, which
was another historical requisite of their rank. By the time you reach the status of
Equestrian, if not before, you should have a toga for formal occasions.
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