This is part of a very long inscription found at Veleia, recording the financial arrangements made by Trajan for the maintenance of poor children in Italy. This was a policy extensively followed by the emperors of the second century and was probably due not only to philanthropy but to a desire to maintain a shrinking population, and in particular to keep up the supply of recruits for the army. A similar private foundation by Pliny for his native town of Comum is recorded in No. 30.
KeywordsEconomic Affair Stone Quarry Free Person Hereditary Group Native Town
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