from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A bronze coin of the Roman republic worth one quarter of an as.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A fourth part of the coin called an as. See 3d As, 2.
- n. The fourth of a penny; a farthing. See Cur.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Roman antiquity, a copper (or, strictly, bronze) coin, the fourth part of the as.
| The Greek word '' 'κοδραντης' '' referred to the Roman '' quadrans '', the smallest coin in the Roman coinage system.
One poor widow came and threw in two mites, which make a quadrans.
He made his pile from an as, and would pick a quadrans out of a dunghill with his teeth, any old time.
As for the price exacted, it ranged from a quadrans to a very high figure.
In the public baths, where money was taken, each person paid a quadrans, about the value of our halfpenny, as Juvenal observes,
The people, as though they had not duly rewarded his deserts when alive, but still were in his debt, decreed him a public interment, every one contributing his quadrans towards the charge; the women, besides, by private consent, mourned
A quadrans (about a farthing) admitted any one; for the funds bequeathed by the emperors and others were amply sufficient to provide for the expensive establishments requisite, without taxing the people beyond their means.
"You need not give that much; we can bathe for a _quadrans_, and, since you mention it, we shall all be better for a bath."
Two mites made one quadrans, i.e., the fourth part of a Roman as, which was in value nearly a halfpenny.
Treasury were equivalent to kodrantes, the Latin quadrans?