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Aes rude
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Raw copper or raw ore which is available as whole or broken bars, plates or as regulus, but most of all as rough lumps (raudera, aes infectum; Fest. 321/322) [1]. Sometimes bearing small grooved or punched marks, it is used as a means of exchange alongside cattle (pecus  pecunia ) in the barter economies of central and southern Italy as well as Sicily in the early 1st millennium up to the end of the 4th cent. BC [1.280 f.; 4.15; 7.228 f.]. The amount to be paid is weighed on scales. The mancipatio, i.a., is regarded as the oldest evidence, where the libripens had to weigh the co…

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Mlasowsky, Alexander (Hannover), “Aes rude”, 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 22 April 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e106140>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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