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Originally meant ‘basket’ or ‘money‐bag’ and thence came to denote the private funds of an individual or, in an administrative context, the public funds held by a provincial governor. In the Principate it came to denote both the private funds of the emperor and the whole financial administration controlled by the emperor.

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