Talk:Sestertius

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Value in modern terms[edit]

I arrived here from the Commodus page. Commodus paid himself 1m sestertii for appearing in the colloseum, obviously a fortune. Yet I'm having trouble working out the value of a single sestertius in modern terms. One sestertius is worth 1/4 denarius, which was about the daily wage for an unskilled labourer, but what would it have bought in terms of, eg. loaves of bread, food, wine, clothes, accomodation, ...? Richard W.M. Jones 18:40, 24 October 2005 (UTC)

There is a linl on the Roman provincial coins page to detail this, I prefer to think in third world turms instead of first world. Enlil Ninlil 07:21, 16 March 2006 (UTC)
Crumbs, complicated! Thanks though, that page [1] was very interesting. Richard W.M. Jones 08:57, 16 March 2006 (UTC)

Pronunciation[edit]

The article currently states that sesterce is pronounced "ses-ter-see", but I have always heard it pronounced "SES-terse", and indeed, the OED recommends /'sɛstɜːs/, so I am at least putting up a {{fact}} for now. --Iustinus 22:45, 16 January 2007 (UTC)

Yes I've just looked the OED up and you're right. That was just how my Latin teacher always pronounced it, probably a back-formation from the plural.GSTQ 06:02, 17 January 2007 (UTC)

Derivation of name[edit]

The name sestertius is a combination of semis, meaning half, and tres, meaning three, which when combined with an adjectival termination means three with the last equal half resulting in two and a half, the coin's original value in asses.

This is not very clear and rather wordy. I thought that the derivation of the name was more like half before three in common with other Latin forms:

  • IV (roman numeral) - one before five
  • IX (roman numeral) - one before ten
  • nineteen - undeviginti (one before twenty)
  • eleven twelfths - deunx (not sure of derivation but looks similar)

I'm not sure how best to reword it but the current wording is rather confusing. --B.d.mills 04:37, 17 May 2007 (UTC)

Removing duplicated links and a size query[edit]

Following WP:CONTEXT style guidelines, I've removed some links showing overlinking. Generally, only one is needed in the body of the text.

Also -- I'm not clear on the convention -- is the only coin photo that is not life size the one specifically mentioning a size?

Alpha Ralpha Boulevard (talk) 21:29, 28 June 2008 (UTC)

Nero sesterius photo[edit]

Nero sestertius illustrated in article does not look genuine (especially rv). 83.7.178.116 (talk) 19:47, 25 February 2013 (UTC)