“Pecunia non olet”
This post is also available in: Polish
The emperor Vespasian was an extremely accurate and thrifty person. He translated his traits into public life. He reformed the finances of the state, primarily strengthened the treasure, which was heavily ruined by Caligula and Nero.
Roman historians, Suetonius and Casssius Dio, mention words of Vespasian – pecunia non olet (money does not stink) which are known till today. Vespasian introduced about 70 CE the tax on public toilets. He was criticated, among others by his own son, Titus for dealing with such frivolous aspects of the economy. Then Vespasian was to answer: “pecunia non olet”.
When Titus found fault with him for contriving a tax upon public conveniences, he held a piece of money from the first payment to his son’s nose, asking whether its odour was offensive to him. When Titus said “No,” he replied, “Yet it comes from urine.”
According to other sources, this sentence was to be used not in connection with the toilet tax, but due to the tax imposed on tanners collecting urine for industrial purposes, among others cleansing the skin.
IMPERIUM ROMANUM needs your support!
Your financial help is needed, in order to maintain and develop the website. Even the smallest amounts will allow me to pay for further corrections, improvements on the site and pay the server. I believe that I can count on a wide support that will allow me to devote myself more to my work and passion, to maximize the improvement of the website and to present history of ancient Romans in an interesting form. Support IMPERIUM ROMANUM!