Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Fire and insurances

Fires were common in ancient Rome and houses would be destroyed from time to time. One way to protect yourself was to get an fire and insurance.

A late upper-class house in Ostia.

"You had purchased a house, Tongilianus, for two hundred thousand sesterces; and a calamity but too frequent in this city destroyed it. Contributions poured in to the amount of a million sesterces. May you not, I ask, be suspected of having set fire to your own house, Tongilianus?"

Martialis - Epigrams III.52
Translated by Bohn

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