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"Quot aureos habetis?"

Translation:How many gold pieces do you have?

October 12, 2019



An Aureus gold coin = 25 Dēnārius Dēnāriī coins

A Dēnārius = 10 As Asses Bronze or Copper coins

A Sēstertius Bronze or Silver coin = 2 1/2 Asses coins

Sēstertius: Sēmis (half) + tertius (third)

4 Sesterces = 1 Dēnārius
100 Sesterces = 1 Aureus

Dēnārius - ten of something

Staphylococcus aureus σταφυλή-o-coccus


i typed how much gold do you have despite seeing it was plural. would that be "quot aureus habetis", or whatever the singular is? or does aureus specifically mean a gold piece, (whatever that is).


An aureus (n.) is specifically a gold coin, yes, which comes from aureus, aurea, aureum (adj.) "golden". The metal itself is aurum (n.):

"How much gold do you have?" -> Quantum aurum habētis?


Note: "Quot" is always for a countable thing. (How many, not how much)


It should accept gold coins


If "gold pieces" is accepted, why isn't "gold nuggets"?


"Gold pieces" means "gold coins." It can't be interpreted as "pieces of gold" in English. Compare with "pieces of bread" (not *"bread pieces").

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