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(from annus, like pomona from pomum). A name used


for the produce of the year, and hence


for provisions in general, especially for the corn which in the latter years of the Republic was collected in the storehouses of the State, and sold to the poor at a cheap rate in times of scarcity; and which under the emperors was distributed to the people gratuitously or given as pay and rewards. (See Frumentariae Leges.)


For the price of provisions.


For a soldier's allowance of provisions for a certain time. It is used also in the plural for yearly or monthly distributions of pay in corn, etc. Similar distributions in money were called annonae aerariae. In the plural it also signifies provisions given as the wages of labour.


Annona was anciently worshipped as the goddess who prospered the year's increase. She was represented on an altar in the Capitol as a female with the right arm and shoulder bare, and the rest of the body clothed, holding ears of corn in her right hand, and the cornucopia in her left.

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