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Commissaries employed by the Roman State to furnish all necessary supplies to officials who were travelling on public business. They were distributed among the chief postingstations throughout Italy and the provinces. (See Cursus Publicus; Mansio.) A law passed in B.C. 59 by Iulius Caesar defined the supplies which these persons were compelled to furnish, and limited them to the barest necessaries, such as firewood, shelter, beds, etc. See Hor. Sat. i. 5, 46; Ad Att. v. 16; xiii. 2; Marquardt, Privatleben der Römer, 199.

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