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A donativum is a one-time special gift to soldiers by the Roman principes that was paid out in money. The practise of the donativum presupposes the power to dispose of the army and the public treasury as well as the institutionalized closeness of the commander and his troops. Therefore, it is a typical phenomenon of the Imperial period. It continues practices of the late Republic, under different conditions, in which the distribution of booty could be mixed with motives of rewarding for loyalty in the c…

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Weiß, Peter (Kiel), “Donativum”, 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 23 January 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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