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merchant (Lat. negotiator; also mercator) 

The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity
Alyssa BandowAlyssa Bandow

There was no recognized mercantile class in Late Antiquity, and buyers and sellers of products for resale, i.e. of products not primarily produced by the merchant or intended for his own consumption, came from diverse social backgrounds and attained very varied levels of success. Nobles and government officials were discouraged from engaging in ... ...

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