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Curiosities of ancient Rome (Economy)

The world of ancient Romans abounded in a number of amazing curiosities and information. The source of knowledge about the life of the Romans are mainly works left to us by ancient writers or discoveries. The Romans left behind a lot of strange information and facts that are sometimes hard to believe.

Gratidianus and monetary reform

Marcus Gratidianus was a Roman politician born around 125 BCE. In 85 BCE he held the office of praetor. During this period, Rome struggled with an economic crisis caused by civil wars. It manifested itself, inter alia, in the destabilization of the exchange rate of silver coins (denarii) to bronze coins (asses).

Neptune and Cupid on the Roman denarius

Loan for consumption in Roman law

Real contracts were the oldest type of contracts in the Roman law. Eventually there were several types of contracts in this category: loan for consumption (mutuum), deposit (depositum), loan for use (commodatum) and pledge (pignus). Initially there was only the loan for consumption which emerged from even older nexum.

Roman coins

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