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the open space adjoining the temple of Saturn in the forum. The name occurs only in inscriptions (CIL i 2. 810=xiv. 153; vi. 1265; viii. 9249), and it is not certain whether the area was in front of the temple or behind it, but probably behind, that is, on the south, between the clivus Capitolinus and the vicus Iugarius. Bronze tablets, on which laws were inscribed, were set up around this area (CIL i 2. 587, 589); and the offices of the aerarium probably opened on it. At least one guild of merchants had its office here (Jord. i. 2. 363-5).

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