As Caius Quinctius had owed money to Publius Scapula, Publius Quinctius referred it to you, O Caius Aquillius, to decide what he should pay his children. He preferred submitting to your decision in this matter, because, on account of the difference in the exchange, it was not sufficient to look in his books and see how much was owed, unless he had inquired at the temple of Castor 1 how much was to be paid in Roman money. You decide and determine, on account of the friendship existing between you and the family of the Scapulae, what was to be paid to them to a penny.
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The speech of M. T. Cicero as the advocate of P. Quinctius.
1 Some have wished to alter ad Castoris here to a quaestoribus; but the temple of Castor was a place where much
money was kept:—Æratâ
Æratâ multus in arca
Fiscus et ad vigilem ponendi Castora nummi.
”—Juv. xiv. 260. and the precincts were accordingly much frequented by men skillful in computing accounts, and the exchange of money.
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