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In Late Antiquity, the population of the city of Rome was supplied by central administration not only with grain, but also with pork (Meat, consumption of) and wine. The suarii, on whose estates or lands the functio suaria was imposed and who formed a corporation ( collegia , corpora), accordingly had the duty of bringing the pigs provided as tax in kind from southern Italy to Rome (Cod. Theod. 14,4,1, AD 334). The landowners had the option of providing pigs or paying a sum of money (adaeratio); in the latter case the suarii had to buy the necessary animals in Rome (Cod.…

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Herz, Peter (Regensburg), “Suarii”, 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 21 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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