Commissaries employed by the Roman State to furnish all necessary supplies to officials who
were travelling on public business. They were distributed among the chief postingstations
throughout Italy and the provinces. (See Cursus
.) A law passed in B.C. 59 by
Iulius Caesar defined the supplies which these persons were compelled to furnish, and limited
them to the barest necessaries, such as firewood, shelter, beds, etc. See Hor.
Sat. i. 5, 46
; Ad Att.
v. 16; xiii. 2; Marquardt,
Privatleben der Römer