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  • n. Plural form of sesterce.


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  • a single donation, the sum of two hundred thousand sesterces from a stranger of Pontus, who proposed to fix his residence in the capital.

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  • Suetonius and Donatus both inform us that it was acted with the greatest applause, and that the Poet received a larger price for it from the Ædiles than had ever been paid for any before, namely, 8000 sesterces, which is about equal to 200 crowns, which in those times was a considerable sum.”] [Footnote 19: _Acted twice_) -- This probably means “twice in one day.”

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  • Gracchus gave a dowry of 400,000 sesterces to a cornet player -- or perhaps he'd performed on a straight horn.

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  • This was a citrus wood table which he had been given by a client and which was said to be worth half a million sesterces.


  • From his personal funds he proposed to make an immediate donation to the Treasury of two hundred million sesterces.


  • “And why would you want to pay two million sesterces for a patch of scorched earth containing a shrine to Liberty?”


  • It drew gasps and a round of applause all to itself, as well it might, for it was carved from Numidian ivory, and had cost over a hundred thousand sesterces “Macedonia will pay!”


  • My secret hope was that Cicero would come to his senses in a day or two, not least because I knew that he did not have three and a half million sesterces, or anything like it.


  • Huge rewards, of up to one hundred thousand sesterces, were to be offered to anyone—slaves as well as freemen—with information about potential traitors.


  • One much like it sold soon afterward for fourteen million sesterces.



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