A civilian trader’s account

Account of money received
Roman period
British Museum (London). Photography by Carlos Dorce

In the British Museum we can find this diptych containing an account written in two columns along the grain. The text is virtually complete and lists cash sums usually for specified goods. The ruling through of some entries implies that they had been paid whilst those not deleted were outstanding debts (we can see that there are some crossed sentences out). The account may have been that of a civilian trader doing business with soldiers.

…, bugler, for the price of… modii 15, denarii 12, asses 1 and 3/4; likewise, for sundries, denarii  2, asses 2; Ircucisso, as part of the price of bacon, denarii 13 and 1/2; Felicio the centurion, bacon, 45 pounds, likewise, bacon lard, 15 and 1/2 pounds, total 60 and 1/2 pounds, denarii 8, asses 2; likewise, he (?) has received for sundries denarii 6, asses 2 and 3/4; Vattus… Victor… For the price of a horse… Exomnius the centurion, denarii… Atrectus the brewer, as part of the price of iron, denarii… for the price of pork-fat, denarii 11, asses2; Andecarus, denarii… Sanctus, denarii

It’s also interesting to compare the Roman numbers with the translation to see how the Roman figures were written.

Location: British Museum at London (map)


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