The early ideal was a citizen:farmer:soldier. The comparison of army and state, social structure and class in ancient Rome is interesting because it goes to the heart of what it meant to be a Roman citizen. The balance of elements making an ideal Roman citizen varied throughout the >1000 years of ancient Roman history. In the early days of the Roman Kingdom military status and role was linked to social status and wealth. This was disrupted during the Republic when a professional army was introduced, Nevertheless the social class status of being an “Equestrian” remained throughout.