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sc. negotiatores. Corn-dealers or corn-merchants (De Off. iii. 13.57; Livy, iv. 12). The latter passage shows their unpopularity in times of scarcity; they were liable to the same charges of “forestalling and regrating” as the Athenian σιτοπῶλαι, and as the corn-dealers of modern times until the present century. On the frumentarii of the legions, see Legio.

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