Quaestor Issues

One day “in my copious free time” I want to write up a history of the public image of the quaestorship as presented on coinage.  Here are are bunch of images that I’m not going to write up properly now because of how long today’s to do list is…

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Ideas I want to think more about:

  • The Mithridatic-esque head on Macedonian provincial issues as compared to a similar look on Republican coins
  • The Q of the EETIA (FETIA) coins and the Q the Amisos issue AND the RPC 5409-5411 bronzes
  • The moneybox versus modius imagery
  • The sceptre/rod imagery with the subsellium
  • Tamios and the translating of Latin titles into Greek
  • The togate representation of figures and the pig oath scene the EETIA type (earlier posts)
  • Anonymous vs. Named quaestors


Calories again

Calorie estimates might be just as disputed as die estimates, maybe even more.  And they are clearly just as important to any estimates about the Roman economy, state finances.  I was struck reading this book review (by accident as I end up reading most interesting things) was how different these numbers are than discussion of feeding the city of Rome. I’m also curious when reading about the Roman grain supply that I didn’t come across this work then.  As RRDP takes off, thinking about how the data can help us think about the economy will often come back to grain supply issues.  So, I’m just flagging this for follow up:

Jonathan P. Roth, The Logistics of the Roman Army at War (264 BC – AD 235).   Leiden:  Brill, 1998.

From Goldsworthy’s BMCR review:


Goldsworthy goes on to talk about Roth’s discussion of the economic repercussions of grain distribution in a raw, not prepared state.  Another key issue also for the urban grain supply.

earlier post on calories

Tips for Students with Learning Disabilities

Note: Not everything works for everyone.
1)  Try reading with a blue transparent film over the page. Or if you’re print readings, try printing on light blue paper.  (The science of this is iffy, and reports of efficacy anecdotal, but a cheap thing to try)
2) Read with a writing or highlighting implement in your hand and check off each sentence.  The point of the pencil or pen can also help guide your eyes.
3) Try copy and pasting text, esp. instructions, into a new document and separating each sentence, or even each part of a sentence.  (I do this when teaching Latin for all students)
Try copy and pasting text
            , esp. instructions,
into a new document
and separating each sentence,
                                  or even each part of a sentence.
4) Dictate your writing!  Your smart phone will do is for you.   It is a built in-function, but you can also get specific apps that will do the job better: https://www.cbronline.com/software/5-free-voice-to-text-apps-4653289/ 
5) Use a text to speech app/website to listen to the texts you need to read.  Many are available free.  The disability services offic on campus may give you access to better quality ones.  https://www.naturalreaders.com/online/
6) Explore whether a font designed for dyslexia might make reading easier.  This website can help you find your favorite: https://bdatech.org/what-technology/typefaces-for-dyslexia
7) Read the assignments aloud.  Consider recording yourself doing so.  If you feel you want to review, you can then listen to yourself read it.  Consider when playing it back to speed up the playback.  Your review is faster and it changes the voice so it can be easier to listen to.