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The Roman people first began to make voluntary contributions1 in the consulship of Spurius Posthumius and Quintus Marcius.2 So abundant was money at that period, that the people assessed themselves for a contribution to L. Scipio, to defray the expenses of the games which he celebrated.3 As to the contribution of the sixth part of an as, for the purpose of defraying the funeral expenses of Agrippa Menenius, I look upon that to have been a mark of respect paid to him, an honour, too, that was rendered necessary by his poverty, rather than in the light of a largess.

1 "Stipem spargere."

2 A.U.C. 568.

3 In performance of a vow made in the war with King Antiochus. See Livy, B. xxxix.

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