Banking and Business in the Roman World (Key Themes in by Jean Andreau

By Jean Andreau

This can be the 1st publication to give a man-made view of Roman banking and fiscal lifestyles from the fourth century BC to the top of the 3rd century advert. It describes the enterprise bargains of the elite and the pro bankers and the interventions of the nation. It exhibits to what volume the spirit of revenue and firm predominated over the conventional values of Rome, what monetary function those financiers performed, and the way that function compares with that in their later opposite numbers.

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Ad Att. –; see Andreau a: . 35 Tabl. no ; see CIL , –. Cic. Par. Stoic. .  The financial activities of the elite were ceded. In the metaphor that Cicero elaborates in connection with Dicaearchus the geographer, the intermediary who advanced the credit held debt-claims over provincial debtors. 36 This way of proceeding, which must have been quite common, explains how a senator or a knight would manage, without too much difficulty, to recoup the money he had loaned, or at least some of it.

In  , when Cicero, on his way into exile, had travelled from Rome to Brindisi, he had been accompanied by a man named Sallustius, no doubt this same Cn. Sallustius. In   , Cn. Sallustius did not simply provide Cicero with , sesterces. Like Cicero, he, too, wished to obtain a pardon from Caesar, and at some point Cicero considered sending him to Caesar, along with his own son Marcus, to convey his requests. 47 No more than in the previous examples was any operation for advancing credit involved on the part of either Cn.

They also had other non-agricultural private interests. Over recent years there has been much discussion about the extent of these other interests, but there can be no doubt of their existence. Some stemmed from occasional, isolated operations   The financial activities of the elite (P. 1 Others gave rise to regular, ongoing activities. Many of these interests were financial. This chapter will be devoted to them. Our principal sources are literary texts. These contain many general reflections on the patrimonies of the rich, the senators and the knights, on their credits and their debts, and on their cupidity.

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