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aerarii

Aerarii, payers, were a class of Roman citizens who had incurred the censors' condemnation for some moral or other misbehaviour. They were required to pay the poll-tax (tributum) at a higher rate than other citizens. The origin of the class is obscure. Mommsen argued that a payer was originally one who had no landed property and was therefore disqualified from certain public rights such as voting and military service but had to pay the poll-tax in proportion to his means.

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T. Mommsen, Römisches Staatsrecht 23 (1888), 392 ff.Find this resource:

    P. Fraccaro, Athenaeum 1933 (= Opuscula 2, 149 ff.).Find this resource:

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