Major Merchant Company Successfully Performs Trade Fraud

March 3, 2015

The trade port in Carthage used to ship the wax items to the city of Rome is shown above.

CARTHAGE- One of Rome's most massive manufacturing and trade corporations, Olio d'Oliva Produturre di Roma, recently elected a new magistrate, Lobatus Prech. He recently chose to make a greedy investment, one that sent citizens of the city of Rome of all hierarchy classes in a state of rage as they wasted money on fraudulant products. These products managed to successfully squeeze through the simple interprovincial trade checkpoint where any mass cargo is stamped. "I only did this for the money," Prech claimed.

As of 284, Emperor Deocletin's taxation strategies had many Roman citizens dedicating tremendous amounts of denarii to military operations and other tax-funded projects. "Not only do we have Deocletin practically stealing our money with land and additional taxes, but where I live in Carthage (it is quite a beautiful city), we have the provincial taxes where the governor makes sure that we do not eat more than a bowl of simple porridge and a glass of watered wine," Prech described.

What the trade firm sneaked was a shipment of wax "products." Among these wax goods were fake apples and pomegranates, but the lineup ranged all the way to precious metals like gold and silver and construction materials like wood and even marble, goods that are typically traded throughout the Empire and that the typical Roman citizen would expect.

"We spend hours a day making and shipping wax for this scumbag," Olio d'Oliva Produturre di Roma employee Malata Peretius declared. "I'm not sure what his philosophy is, but I have a rough schedule where I have to sculpt, paint, and ship wax goods."

Olio d'Oliva Produturre di Roma had an overall expenditure of more than a billion denarii last year. "We produce and ship an astounding amount of olive oil not just to Rome, but to other provinces and cities stretching as far as Byzantium and Asia minor, and a majority of our budget goes to that. This process presents such a cost because of the manufacturing technology, the facility mortgages, the salary of the workers, and any interprovincial trade tariffs. Despite the fact that the "goods" we sent were a fraud, we had to pay trade tariffs for that, also," Pizzakalius Regimallii, the financial spokesperson for the firm elaborated in an interview today.

"The workers are paid a small share of the revenue because there are so many of them and there are the other expenses like I mentioned earlier. The remaining i

ncome helps us up in the corporate offices maintain a living also. Prech set up the trade fraud to help the company earn a higher revenue so that we all could earn more money in the end."

Prech received his indictment at the Roman Forum yesterday. He was charged with Trade Fraud and was sentenced to a gladiator duel at the Flavian Amphitheater in the Forum next week. "By Jupiter, if I survive, I will manage to better the lives of the corporate workers and all other employees of Olio d'Oliva Produturre di Roma."

Italian Professor Explains About Roman Food

VILNIUS, LITHUANIA- Many people have wondered about the diets of the Ancient Romans. To reveal this wonder, we have called in Professor Giovanni Cabattianius, a researcher and educator for the Ancient Roman cultural studies at the European Institute of Historical Evolution in Vilnius to brief it out for you. "Social hierarchy was a major separator back then. The foods that people ate back then really went along with what class they were in. If you were poor, really the only option for you was to eat grains, mostly in the form of porridge, which was just boiled wheat and maybe milk, the form of porridge that they ate, that is." Porridge is, so to say, oatmeal's close relative. "Really, the only accompaniment for the grains was milk, and that is about it."

"The culinary variety if you were rich, however, was much larger. "Jentaculum" would get you up and ready for the day. It consisted of many food items that one would think would make up a pallet of French snacks; wine, fruit, and cheese were among the other ingredients which were bread, milk, or eggs." If one really thinks about it, they can see that this is really similar to a typical breakfast in some places today.

"Up next, we have "cibus," which was the midday meal. "Cibus" had everything that jentaculum did except for milk. A few additional aspects, however, were salad, meat or seafood, and vegetables."

"Finally, the day would end with "cena," a highly elaborate meal if one was extremely rich. For this article though, we will stick with the typical middle class culinary layout. "Cena" was really a combination of all of the meals with elements such as meat, vegetables, fruit, and eggs. The eggs had their own dining category usually along with salad in the meal known as "promulsis," an appetizer course. These eggs were not only the chicken eggs that we know of today, but eggs from all sorts of animals. There was another course known as "bellaria," a dessert course. Fruits and nuts made up the majority of the course, but there was some presence of cheese, honey, and other foods."

To help you understand more, Cabattianius has compiled a list of all of these foods in their "foodstuff" form:

Fruits:

Apples, pears, grapes, pomegranates, and other related fruits.

*Citrus fruits could not be grown because of the climate.

Vegetables were much like the ones known of today:

Cucumbers, lettuce, turnips, leeks, and asparagus are a few examples.

Meats included:

Beef and veal, hare, lamb, snails, and venison were a few. A few seafood delicacies were also catfish, flounder, mussels, shark, swordfish, and tuna. They also had an expansive variety of poultry including chicken, duck, flamingo, ostrich, peacock, and thrushes.

*Meats were, in the lower class's perspective really expensive; this is why the poor could only afford the foodstuffs for porridge.

The Romans had a long selection of alcoholic beverages, wine being one of them. They also created ciders with a few other spices and honey. They also almost always mixed it with water to keep the flavor at a moderate level.

In addition, they also had a lineup of imported spices and basic table seasonings.

There are also foods and foodstuffs that the Romans were not aware of. Some of these items include bananas, chocolate, peanuts, rice, sugar, and tea.

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