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Queen's University
Classical Studies
CLST 101
Christina Zaccagnino

 Paterfamilias head of the household o Had to take care of the estates, property, and keep the family property  Patrimonium family property  Fides credit-worthiness o Needed to own a property  Liberalitas liberality  Dignitas sumptuosa costly states o Needed to have a certain status to have banquets and events at a lavish house o Had to have money and hand outs to give to clients  Tarius Rufus was born into one of the lowest ranks, but attained consulship through his military talents o He had about 100 million sesteraces and bought land in Picenum, and cultivated them with lavish items o His heir renounced this inheritance however, because it was too much to handle; to deal with  When Romans were thinking of buying a piece of land, they had to follow some advice: o Do not be over-eager in buying, and you should visit the land often, and it should please you every time o You should also look at the neighbours and if they maintain their land, and if the district is good Markets  Macellum market hall  Nundinae markets (lit. ninth days)  Market places were announced on a slab of in scripted marble  Markets were held in different places on the same day, so all markets could have the opportunity to have good business  New markets had to ask the Senate for permission to open  Sometimes emperors would give a section of their land for markets Money  The Dalmatians redistributed land every seven years and they did not use coins  Romans used coins way more often than other communities  The prices varied from community to community, especially of wine, oil and grain  It may seem that money had the same value everywhere, but in some places it was found more easily and at a low level of interest, while in others it was more difficult to come by and at a substantial rate of interest  Coins were frequently issued in silver  Nummularii money-changers  Argentarii bankers o Were private citizens
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