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ARGYROTAM´IAE (ἀργυροταμίαι), magistrates found only in Greek inscriptions of the Roman period. They appear to have been native financial officers in the provinces; and their title distinguishes them from the ταμίαι, the Roman quaestors. We find them belonging to the people (δήμου, C. I. G. 2787), to the φύλαρχοι (3773), to the πόλις (3958), to the general assembly (κοινὸν) of Asia (2782). The ἀργυροταμίας referred to in this inscription is in every way connected with the high priest of Asia. We learn that at Athens the ἀργυροταμίας had the duty of selling up mortgages (ὑποθῆκαι), and received from the olive-growers the statement of the amount of their crop (354, 355). It appears to have been an extraordinary office at Aphrodisias, as it is more than once mentioned after ἀρχαὶ καὶ λειτουργίαι (2787, 2817). A man at Tralles (2930) held the post after being δεκάπρωτος, and before being curator Romanorum (cf. Mommsen-Marquardt, 4.213 and 20). In Apamea Cibotus they carry out the consecration of the empresses decreed by the senate and people of the municipality (3958, 3959). In an inscription found near Damascus (4500), they appear to have given their name to the year.


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