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Pondera exacta ad Castoris

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Franco Luciani



This is the final published version of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Centro di Antichità Altoadriatiche, 2016.

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Among instrumenta inscripta Roman weights bearing the inscription exactum ad Castoris form an important group, both on account of their sheer quantity and of their considerable historical interest. This epigraphical text guaranteed the compliance of the artefacts with the official standard weights kept in the temple of the Dioscuri in Rome. Such inscription can be found mostly on two kinds of bronze weights: the truncated-sphere and the nested-cup ones. The study of the spread of these pondera, the archaeological context of the findings, and their distinctive features suggest that they were intended for use in Italy and the Western provinces, probably during the second century AD. Officials, traders or doctors could employ them to weigh small or moderate amounts of goods.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Luciani F, Lucchelli T

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Antichità Altoadriatiche

Year: 2016

Volume: 83

Pages: 265-289

Print publication date: 04/04/2016

Acceptance date: 22/11/2015

Date deposited: 30/03/2017

ISSN (print): 1972-9758

Publisher: Centro di Antichità Altoadriatiche