Whether the name signifies the taking up of burdens or the acceptance of privileges is a disputed point.
This policy was accompanied by a gradual decay of civic feeling and municipal enterprise, which showed itself mainly in the unwillingness of the townsmen to become candidates for local magistracies, or to take up the burdens entailed in membership of the municipal senate.
Both classes were liable to civic burdens, but the incolae had none of the privileges of citizenship except a limited right of voting.
The wealthy citizen seems always to have had to bear heavy financial burdens, and to have enjoyed in return a dignity and an actual political preponderance which made the general character of municipal constitutions distinctly timocratic.
the sweets of popularity without the actual burdens of government succeeded for the time.