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"Mercator multos aureos habet."

Translation:The merchant has many gold pieces.

September 28, 2019



The aureus was a gold coin. During the republic they were mainly commemorative coins for victorious generals. Julius Cesar introduced the aureus as a standard which with time was devaluated (lighter).


That's true.
The first meaning for "aureus" is: golden/of gold.

Nummus aureus = gold coins-> Later just "aurĕus", (the standard gold coin of Rome, a gold piece (first struck in the second Punic war), of the value of 25 denarii or 100 sestertii) Source: Lewish & Short.

I guess by "standard gold coin" it means that it was also like a currency.
It's defined also by "gold denarii" (but they tell on Wikipedia, that it was originally made of silver, which I don't understand).



Could this also mean

"The merchant has many gold coins"


Yes. Coins and pieces are the same.


Yeah no, it's not.


I love how this is literally "The merchant has many golds". It sounds even funnier if you speak a Romance language, where a plural form of 'gold' wouldn't be expected either (es: "el mercader tiene muchos oros").


I've checked the definition, and it's literally mean "a lot of something made of gold", meaning "a lot of gold coins".

In French, and I believe also some other Romance languages, we don't use the plural for "gold", considered as a material: beaucoup d'or (not "ors").


Why isn't "The merchant has a lot of gold" acceptable?

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