"‘Sicilians don’t have a vote,’ I pointed out."
Only free Roman citizens were allowed to vote, excluding slaves and the inhabitants of conquered or allied territory. Roman citizenship
was a prized possession, coveted for the protection and privileges it bestowed, and was the cause of much contention throughout Roman history. Citizenship was at first jealously guarded, and the question of whether it should be extended to the Italian allies was one factor in the cause of the Social War that broke out in 91 BC. Much later, the emperor Caracalla (3rd
century AD) would offer citizenship to all free men living in Rome’s empire.