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fiscus

The definition of word "fiscus":
+1 rate 1. Latin; "basket"; Treasury of the Roman emperor, so-called because the money was stored in baskets. Funds were also stored in the public treasury, the aerarium. The fiscus took in taxes from imperial provinces, forfeited property and unclaimed lands. After Vespasian, it became independent of the aerarium and controlled most of the empire's income, supplying funds for the army and fleet, official salaries and postal subsidies.
rate 2. Latin: basket; also called Purse, the Roman emperor's treasury (where money was stored in baskets), as opposed to the public treasury (aerarium). It drew money primarily from revenues of the imperial provinces, forfeited property and the produce of unclaimed lands. Vespasian created the fiscus Alexandrinus and fiscus Asiaticus to receive Egyptian and Asian revenues, formerly directed to the aerarium. The fiscus thereafter became independent of the aerarium and controlled most of the income of the empire. The fiscus supplied funds for the army and fleet, official salaries and postal subsidies.
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