). Checking-clerks, contrarotulatores.
Efficient checks on the handling of public funds, whether municipal
or national, were even more necessary among the Greeks than in modern civilized countries; and
the Athenians, with their distrust of official honesty, sought refuge in
multiplying such checks. Hence it was the rule in Athenian finance that wherever there was a
public officer intrusted with the payment of money, there was by his side an ἀντιγραφεύς
, who watched over him and kept duplicate accounts. Thus,
it is proved by inscriptions that there was an ἀντιγραφεύς
to each deme (C. I. G.
100); and a general in the field disposed of his
military chest subject to a like control (De Chers.
p. 101.47). The
administrators of sacred funds, such as the treasurers of Delos, were similarly controlled
139, 141, 150, 158).