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Scribae

(“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 attached 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. The pontifices also had their scribae. See Mommsen, Röm. Staatsrecht, i. 331-339 (3d ed.); and for the Greek scribes, see Grammateus; Notae.

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