The word salary comes from the Latin word for salt, which is sal. Specifically, it comes from the Latin term “salarium argentum,” which means “money of salt.” In Roman times, salt was practical as a currency because it was needed for preserving food and was also useful medicinally as an antiseptic. That made it a commodity that had value in every part of the Roman Empire.

It was also a commodity whose trade was closely controlled by Rome and hence it became a very practical currency for paying the  various Roman garrisons that peppered the Roman Empire.

This entry was posted in History, Money. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s