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Aestimatio. Il ruolo della moneta in una società censitaria (quasi) senza contanti: Roma tra il VI e gli inizi del IV secolo a.C.
Journal Title: CHEIRON 
Author/s: Cristiano Viglietti 
Year:  2019 Issue: 1-2 Language: Italian 
Pages:  26 Pg. 46-71 FullText PDF:  240 KB
DOI:  10.3280/CHE2019-001003
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Drawing upon "local theories" of the origins of money found in some ancient sources, this paper aims to investigate how monetary forms and functions operated in archaic Rome. The central role played by aestimatio in the Roman census from the 6th century BC tended to enhance state intervention in the production of bronze ingots aimed at fulfilling monetary functions, and a wider diffusion of estimation activities in several aspects of social life. However, in this historical phase, esti-mates in money units scarcely led to a massive circulation of bronze weighed money, which often could be (conventionally or, sometimes, lawfully) converted into equivalents of other kind.
Keywords:  Weighed money; aestimatio; aes signatum; fines in cattle; convertibility of money.

Cristiano Viglietti, in "CHEIRON" 1-2/2019, pp. 46-71, DOI:10.3280/CHE2019-001003

   

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