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Sesterce

 

(also sestertius), a coin circulated in ancient Rome. Beginning in 269 B.C., the sesterce was minted from silver; from the late first century B.C.. it was minted from an alloy of base metals. Initially worth 2½ asses, in 217 B.C.. it became equal to 4 asses. The sesterce was the basic Roman medium of exchange and unit of value.

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Grace a des inscriptions d'Italie, il a pu etre calcule que la restauration d'un mille de voie romaine coutait entre 66 000 et 110 000 sesterces environ et suppose que l'ouverture d'une route nouvelle pouvait atteindre un demi-million de sesterces par mille.
Four hundred sesterces Gracchus gives as dowry to a horn-player (or perhaps he played a 'straight instrument').
As Pliny wrote in the first century: "Not a year passed in which India did not take 50 million sesterces away from Rome.
For the most irresponsible act of treasure-eating bravado we must look not to India, but to Egypt and the night when Cleopatra took a pearl worth ten million sesterces (about $C 35 million today) and dropped it into a bowl of wine vinegar.
We do not have any information concerning the blocking of streets or the hindering of traffic in Pompeii outside legal rights, but in the southern Spanish city of Urso, there was a fine of 1000 sesterces for doing so.
Livia had written a legacy of 50 000 000 sesterces to Galba in the form
One charioteer, named Gaius Appuleius Diocles, amassed a fortune 35,863,120 sesterces in prize money - the equivalent of 15 billion dollars, claims Peter Struck, a professor of classical studies.
A]s a relief for the evicted and fugitive people, he opened up the Plain of Mars and the Monuments of Agrippa, in fact even his own gardens, and he set up improvised buildings to receive the destitute multitude; and comestibles were sailed up from Ostia and nearby municipalities, and the price of grain was reduced to three sesterces.
He attended another historic game in Pittsburgh, but that time again the Cubs were playing and as before it meant sesterces to the fond relative who has financed all of the Taft campaigns.
In 77 CE, Pliny the Elder, in a speech to the Roman Senate, provided evidence of the financial extent of that trade: 'And by the lowest reckoning, India, China and Arabia take from our Empire 100 million sesterces (roughly 10 million gold aurei) every year.
By the smallest computation India, the Seres and that [Arabian] peninsula take 100 million sesterces from our empire every year--so much do our luxuries and our women cost us.
The building cost 60,000 sesterces, with 30,000 more going toward silver cult statues of Caelestis.