By Jean Andreau
This is often the 1st booklet to offer an artificial view of Roman banking and monetary existence from the fourth century BC to the top of the 3rd century advert. It describes the enterprise offers of the elite and the pro bankers and the interventions of the kingdom. It exhibits to what quantity the spirit of revenue and firm predominated over the conventional values of Rome, what fiscal position those financiers performed, and the way that position compares with that in their later opposite numbers.
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9 From the time of Cato the Elder’s De agricultura until about the midsecond century , a third professional group was also active, the coactores. They were not bankers but private receivers, who took a commission on the amounts that they held for their clients. Finally, a fourth profession made its appearance during the ﬁrst century , that of the coactores argentarii, who were receivers and moneychangers/bankers. 10 However, G. Maselli and A. Petrucci are convinced that in the very early ﬁrst century, Lucius Munius of Reate was already a coactor argentarius (a deposit banker) and not simply a coactor as I had believed.
See Crawford ; Ampolo ; Zehnacker ; Zehnacker ; 8 Shatzman : and Nicolet : –. Pedroni . 10 Shatzman : . 11 Nicolet : –. Plautus, Asin. –. Petr. Satir. –; Sen. ad Lucil. ; Plut. Mor. and and ; Tac. Hist. ; Juv. Sat. –; Apul. Apol. ; Tert. Cult. fem. ; etc. Saller : emphasizes the fact that before taking their debtors to court, creditors would have recourse to all other possible means. Cic. pro Cluentio , –; see Andreau b: –.
Nep. Att. . 39 Corn. Nep. Att. . 40 Bogaert . 41 Other funerary inscriptions, dating from the reigns of Augustus and the Julio-Claudians, testify to the fact that there were also slaves who were argentarii, mainly belonging to the imperial family. 43 To whom would an elite member, a senator say, turn, to arrange such a transfer? If it was a matter of sums belonging to the State, or of private funds legally acquired in the exercise of public responsibilities, the companies of tax-collectors (publicani) would arrange the transfer, thereby in a way playing the role of a public bank.