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[4] For the fine which it imposed on disobedience was only the worth of five oxen and two sheep. Now the value of a sheep was ten obols and that of an ox, a hundred, for the Romans at that time did not use much coined money, but their wealth consisted in flocks and herds. Therefore to this day they call their substance ‘ peculium,’ from ‘ pecus,’ cattle; and their oldest coins are stamped with time figure of an ox, a sheep, or a hog. And they actually gave their own sons such surnames as Suillius, Bubulcus, Caprarius, and Porcius; the last two from ‘ capra ’ and ‘ porcus,’ their words for goat and pig.1

1 The first two from forms of ‘sus,’ swine, and ‘bos,’ ox.

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