（“writers,” from scribere
). The highest class among
the inferior paid officials at Rome. (See Apparitores
.) They did not perform ordinary writers' services, which were usually
assigned to slaves, but occupied the position of clerks, registrars, accountants, and
secretaries. Of special importance were the scribae quaestorii
to the tribuni aerarii.
They formed three commissions of ten members
each, and kept the accounts of the treasury. Two of their number were also attached to each
provincial quaestor as accountants. The scribae also of the different aediles and tribunes
appear to have formed a commission of ten members, while those taken from among them by the
consuls, praetors, and censors seem to have been employed only during their term of office.
also had their scribae. See Mommsen,
, i. 331-339 (3d ed.); and for the Greek scribes, see