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The aerarium populi Romani was the treasure of the Roman people, which was kept in the Saturnus temple at the Forum Romanum. The name derives from the fact that the liquid wealth of the res publica originally only consisted of aes, bronze, but not gold and silver. From an early, albeit uncertain time, the aerarium populi Romani was subject to the quaestores urbani, though their powers were restricted to administration; in the Republican period the power to dispose of the monies in the aerarium rested with the Senate alone. Roman municipia and colonies also had an aerarium (T…

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Crawford, Michael Hewson (London), “Aerarium”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 28 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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