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The Origin of the Roman Quaestorship

Kurt Latte
Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association
Vol. 67 (1936), pp. 24-33
DOI: 10.2307/283224
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/283224
Page Count: 10
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The Origin of the Roman Quaestorship
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Abstract

Probably there existed no connection between the quaestores parricidii and the later office of the quaestores aerarii. The word seems to be a translation of the Greek μαστροί, who held a similar office. The Roman quaestors must be connected with the formation of a public treasury. This happened, as can be stated on general grounds, about the middle of the fifth century B.C. The same time is given by an ancient tradition for the first elections of quaestors. It was an essential step in the development of the idea of public property and of the conception of the state.

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